Dysfunktional Griffin Tackles Blue Ox Role

Actor Eddie Griffin, whose comedy concert film Dysfunktional Family is currently in theatres, has inked a deal with Venice, Calif.-based Exodus Film Group to voice the character of Babe the Blue Ox in the company’s upcoming live-action/CG production of Paul Bunyan. Heather Graham is also in talks to join the cast of the independently financed film.

Loosely based on the tall tale of folklore, Paul Bunyan is set in modern times and centers on two young children, Travis and Whitney, who are sent to spend the summer at their grandparents’ farm near Dead Forest, where Bunyan and his Ox disappeared decades prior. While running from a crew of local troublemakers, Travis stumbles upon the secret underworld where Bunyan and Babe have resided in solitude. Writer/director Michael Nickles and writing partner Julia Wall scripted the story.

Producing Bunyan, along with Exodus head John D. Eraklis, is Tarquin Gotch, exec. producer of such films as Home Alone and Curly Sue, and Steve Perry, president of Masque Ent., whose credits include the four Lethal Weapon films, True Romance and Die Hard 2.

Famed composer Basil Poledouris, (Les Miserables, The Jungle Book, Free Willy 1 and 2) is overseeing the music. Overseeing all CG are Tim Montijo, Kurt Rauer and their team at ElectroAge, Exodus’ in-house digital visual effects studio.

Griffin will next be seen in the film My Baby’s Mama, produced in part by his managers at Brillstein-Grey.