Sony Moves into DreamWorks’ Monster House

The studio that brought you Shrek apparently has room for just one monster at present, so Sony Pictures has stepped in and acquired rights to a proposed animated feature titled Monster House, according to Daily Variety. Sony has set Aug. 23 as the start date for the project, which was in turn-around at DreamWorks.

Pitched by Gil Kenan, Monster House will reportedly focus on three kids who discover that a neighbor’s house is a living monster and set out to foil its evil plans.

The CG feature will be produced using ImageMotion, Sony Pictures ImageWorks’ own brand of motion-capture technology recently employed on Warner Bros.’ upcoming holiday flick, The Polar Express. Like that film, Monster House will be produced under Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers shingle. DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg is attached as exec. producer though his studio is no longer involved.

The trade reports that Zemeckis is also adapting Ian Ogilvy’s book, Measle and the Wrathmonk, for Warner Bros. The animated feature will also be produced using ImageMotion.