Since introducing Exodus Film Group’s CG-animated Igor at Cannes last month, The Weinstein Co. has secured presales in nearly every territory around the world. Still in pre-production, the feature film is based on the animated short Igor: Unholy Frijoles, which is now in production at Exodus and should debut within the next year.
Written by Chris McKenna (FOX’s American Dad), Igor tells the story of a mad scientist’s hunchbacked lab assistant who has big dreams of becoming a scientist in his own right by winning top prize at the annual Evil Science Fair. The short film boasts the voices of Christian Slater, Jay Leno, Steve Buscemi and John Cleese, but it is not yet known which cast members will return for the feature.
Key international sales for Igor include Momentum in the U.K., TF1 in France, Constantine on Germany and Switzerland, Aurum in Spain, West Film group in Russia, EEAP in Eastern Europe, RCV in Benelux, Europa in Brazil, Italia in the Middle East Lusomundo in Portugal, Jung-A Ent. in South Korea, Film Pop in Turkey and Applause in Taiwan.
The Igor feature is being produced by John D. Eraklis and veteran animation exec Max Howard, who has collaborated on such hit films as Disney’s The Lion King and Aladdin, and Warner Bros.’ Space Jam and The Iron Giant. Howard is also set to produce the upcoming Exodus toon features The Hero of Color City and Amarillo Armadillo.
Since last year’s successful theatrical debut of the computer-animated Hoodwinked, The Weinstein Co. has been snatching up CG features left and right. In addition to Igor, the company will handle distribution for the new Teenage Mutant Turtles film and the upcoming features Opus, Cricket in Times Square and Hood Vs. Evil, the sequel to Hoodwinked. The Weinsteins are also reportedly producing a live-action version of the Disney favorite Mulan, and hope to cast Memoirs of a Geisha star Ziyi Zhang in the title role.