Emmy-winning Entourage star Jeremy Piven and Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon have signed on to lend their voices to Exodus Film Group’s CG-animated feature Igor. The comic thespians will join Steve Buscemi, John Cleese and Christian Slater in the independent production, which the Weinstein Co. will distribute theatrically.
Directed by Tony Leondis (Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch) Igor is described as a playfully irreverent comedy about a mad scientist’s hunchbacked lab assistant who has big dreams of becoming a scientist in his own right and winning first place at the annual Evil Science Fair. Slater will voice the title role while Buscemi plays Scamper, a super-intelligent and ill-tempered lab rabbit, and Cleese voices the character of Dr. Glickenstein, Igor’s evil master. Piven joins the mix as Igor’s nemesis, Dr. Schadenfreude, and Shannon takes on the role of Eva, a giant, indestructible monster that Igor creates.
The feature will be an extension of the short Igor: Holy Frijoles, which is currently in production at Exodus. Producing the pic are Exodus president John D. Eraklis and veteran animation exec Max Howard, who has collaborated on such animated blockbusters such as Disney’s The Lion King and Aladdin, and Warner Bros.’ Space Jam and The Iron Giant. The screenplay was written by Chris McKenna, who is currently writing for his third season on the Fox animated TV show American Dad. Eric Robinson, VP of production and development, is overseeing Igor on behalf of The Weinstein Co.
No stranger to animation, Piven recently lent his voice to the Harv character in Disney/Pixar’s Cars and can be heard as Rock Rivers in last year’s home video feature Scooby-Doo in Where’s My Mummy? On TV, he has voiced Elongated Man on Justice League and worked on episodes of Rugrats and Duckman. Shannon has done a couple episodes of FOX’s American Dad and voiced the part of Jackie Frost in the 2005 home video feature Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie. Most recently, she was Patience the Vampire in Sci Fi Channel’s animated adaptation of Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse comic The Amazing Screw-On Head. She can next be seen in the period piece Marie Antoinette, which opens on Friday.
The Weinstein Co. will showcase Igor at next month’s American Film Market. Exodus Film Group’s CG-animation slate also includes The Hero of Color City, which will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures, and Amarillo Armadillo. The studio is also in pre-production on the live-action film Bunyan & Babe, which features comedic actor Eddie Griffin as the voice of the CG-animated Babe the Blue Ox.