Disney-owned Miramax Films and its offshoot, Dimension Films, are teaming with animation house Wild Brain Inc. to produce CG-animated features. Under the multi-year, multi-film agreement, the entities will co-finance and co-produce the toons, starting with Opus, based on Berkeley Breathed’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, Bloom County.
Miramax/Dimension and Wild Brain will each finance 50% of production on agreed projects and Miramax/Dimension will distribute the films worldwide in all media. The agreement also gives Miramax/Dimension the opportunity to distribute Wild Brain’s self-financed, direct-to-video productions over the next three years.
Wild Brain produced an original short titled Hubert’s Brain, but is mostly known for service work such as Disney Channel’s new preschool television series, Higglytown Heroes, and commercials for Coca-Cola, Nike and Lamisil.
Pensive penguin Opus figured prominently in Bloom County until Breathed discontinued the strip in 1989 and started the Sunday strip, Outland, featuring many of the same characters. In November of 2003, Opus got his own Sunday strip, aptly titled Opus.
Scary Movie 3 scribe Craig Mazin will adapt Opus for the big screen.
Andrew Rona and Brad Weston, Co-Presidents of Dimension, will oversee the relationship for the studio. Charles Layton, exec VP of the office of the co-chairmen, Andrew Gumpert, exec VP of business and legal affairs and Eric Sherman, VP of business and legal affairs, negotiated on behalf of the studio.