September 10, 2012 - 20:53 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Kicking off their new partnership in high style, 20th Century Fox has dated a dozen DreamWorks Animation movies through the middle of 2016 - marking the most ambitious slate for an animation house in Hollywood history, The Hollywood Reporter said.
The 12 DWA films include newly announced B.O.O: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations, set to hit theaters on Nov. 6, 2015, and How to Train Your Dragon 3, dated for June 18, 2016, and returning Dean DeBlois in the directors' chair.
The Seth Rogen-voiced Bureau of Otherworldly Operations is based on an original idea by Tony Leondis (Igor), who is directing the ghost pic. It is produced by Maryann Garger (Flushed Away) and the screenplay is being written by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots).
The other titles and dates are: The Croods (March 22, 2013), Turbo (July 19, 2013), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Nov. 1, 2013), Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20, 2014), Happy Smekday! (Nov. 26, 2014), The Penguins of Madagascar (March 27, 2015), Trolls (working title, June 5, 2015), Mumbai Musical (working title, Dec. 19, 2015) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016).
Fox's upcoming in-house animation slate includes Epic (May 24, 2013), Rio 2 (April 14, 2014). While DWA's movies themselves have been in the works for years, Jeffrey Katzenberg's company held back on dating many of them -- or even revealing some of them, in the case of B.O.O. and Dragon 3 -- until it knew who its new distribution partner would be upon ending its deal with Paramount at the end of this year.
That new partner is Fox, which has its own successful animation operation in Fox Animation Studios and Blue Sky Studios. The addition of DWA movies to its pipeline gives the studio enviable leverage in the family market.
Fox's 2012 summer tentpole Ice Age: Continental Drift is the No. 3 grossing film of the year, earning north of $840 million to date.