Monster House to Pack 3-D Thrills

Like The Polar Express before it, Robert Zemeckis’ latest CG project, Monster House, will be presented in stereoscopic 3-D at select venues. This second film to employ Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Performance Capture technology will be released by Columbia Pictures on July 21, 2006, with more than 100 theaters showcasing REAL D’s digital 3-D format.

“As a leader in visual effects and character animation, we are constantly developing new technologies to enable filmmakers to tell their stories,” says Tim Sarnoff, president of Sony Pictures Imageworks. “REAL D Cinema truly enables a moviegoer to experience a film versus just watching it and we look forward to working with them on such an exciting project.”

Monster House will offer thrills, chills and comedy as three kids do battle with a mysterious home that is determined to eat every trick-or-treater in sight on Halloween. The film’s voice cast will include Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O’Hara, Kathleen Turner and Fred Willard.

Gil Kenan, whose live-action/animated short, The Lark, won the UCLA Spotlight Award, is directing Monster House from a script by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab and Pamela Pettler. Producers are Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke and Steven Spielberg, and exec producer is Jason Clark.

Photo: Mitchel Musso and Steve Buscemi on the set of “Monster House”