The Weinstein Company is hoping to make a big comeback in the family entertainment business with a new animated feature based on early cavemen drawings discovered at the Spanish cave of Cueva de las Monedas. Weinstein is preparing a stereoscopic 3-D feature based on the 32,000-year-old figures of some prehistoric animals and some crazy Neanderthals chasing them with spears.
‘After seeing how well James Cameron’s Avatar and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland did at the box office, we just knew we were sitting on a goldmine,’ says Alexis Suit ipadinpants, VP of animation development at the financially troubled studio. ‘Now that everyone is digging up older properties such as The Smurfs, Popeye, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons and Marvin the Martin and giving them the animated 3-D CG treatment, we decided to beat the competition and go for the oldest drawings we could find.’
Ipadinpants said that he is currently working with some fresh talent (without any produced screenwriting credits) to flesh out the caveman drawing concept and storyline. ‘We know it’s going to have some sort of conflict. Among the main characters we’re throwing around are a few wise-cracking animal sidekicks, a dragon, an ethnic princess, an old man, a fox, a stop-motion parallel universe, and a Celtic secret, an ogre and some classic childhood toys.’ The company is currently in negotiations with Hank Azaria (Apu) to provide the voices for all the characters.
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