Christopher Reeve to Direct Animated Feature

Actor Christopher Reeve, best known for portraying the Man of Steel in four Superman films, is turning his x-ray sights to animation. He has been tapped to helm an animated feature for IDT Ent. The unnamed film is only being described as an urban fable set in the 1930s. It is expected to be completed in early 2005.

Digital Production Solutions (DPS), IDT Ent.’s animation unit, will provide all production services on the 3D computer-animated film. Reeve will oversee the entire production process, from character development, casting and set design through animation, lighting, texturing and postproduction. The thespian is no stranger to the director’s seat. In 1997 he was nominated for an Emmy for directing the HBO feature In The Gloaming.

“Christopher Reeve is a man I deeply admire. His ‘can do’ attitude is inspiring,” says Howard Jonas, IDT’s Founder and Chairman. “Without question, he is a true American superhero. His courage, integrity and professional accomplishments are not the stuff of fiction–they’re real life.”

“Many projects cross my desk but only a few are truly captivating,” says Reeve. “With the perfect blend of warmth and wit, this is a story with universal appeal that both children and their parents will love.”

IDT Ent., a subsidiary of telecom company IDT Corp., has been making animation headlines recently with the incorporation of Canadian CG house Mainframe and The Simpsons animation provider Film Roman. It has also purchased a minority stake in British CG studio Vanguard Animation and bought out independent home video distributor Anchor Bay. In March 2003, its DPS unit acquired rights to two yet unexploited Gene Roddenberry creations, Starpoint Academy and Char, and is already in production on the former.