DQ Ent. of India has inked a deal with France’s Method Films to co-produce 26 half hours of an animated television series based on the Marvel Comics property Iron Man. The project was announced along with other major co-production partnerships DQ secured at this year’s MIPCOM Jr., part of the MIPCOM market in Cannes. The latest developments will also see the studio team with Method Films for Mikido (52×11), with Italy’s Gruppo Alcuni and RAI for Little Leonardo (26×13) and with Porchlight Light Ent. for a Tutenstein movie
Method Films and DQ plan to approximate feature-film quality animation for Iron Man, for which LuxAnimation will handle post-production. The classic comic-book creation about a wealthy weapons builder who comes to fight crime with the aid of a mechanized suit was previously animated for The Invincible Iron Man, a feature-length Marvel movie released directly to home video by Lionsgate. The property is also heading to the big screen with a CG-laden, live-action pic being released by Paramount Pictures on May 2, 2008.
Supported by France 3, Mikido is set in a seemingly normal school in a quiet suburb where all the kids possess extraordinary powers. The anime-influenced CG show that will go into full-scale co-production in India with delivery expected by fall of 2008.
Little Leonardo is a traditional 2D series supported by RAI and slated to launch in Italy and Western Europe, followed by Asia by mid-2008. The show follows the adventures of young inventor Leonardo da Vinci and is the sixth series co-produced by DQ and Gruppo Alcuni, one of Italy’s largest Animation and children’s theatrical companies.
DQ received an Emmy Award this past June for its work on Porch Light’s Tutenstein TV series. The movie will continue the adventures of a 3010-year-old boy-mummy-Pharaoh who is brought back when lightning strikes his sarcophagus in a modern-day museum. The once powerful king believes he is the supreme ruler of the world and schemes to take his rightful place with the help of Cleo, a hip, 21st-century 12-year-old girl and Luxor, his faithful feline servant. The series combines facts about ancient Egyptian mythology with contemporary, urban humor.