Jorge Gutierrez Scores Multi-Year Deal with Reel FX

Reel FX Animation Studios, producers of the acclaimed CG feature The Book of Life, has entered the film’s writer and director Jorge R. Gutierrez into a multi-picture deal. The first film under the agreement will be an Untitled Kung Fu Space Western, which Gutierrez will direct from a script he is writing with Douglas Langdale.

Reel FX’s Brad Booker will produce the film, along with Gutierrez and Chatrone LLC. Sandra Equihua will oversee character design. The director has relocated to Dallas to work out of Reel FX’s Texas studio.

“Our heartfelt film will be a funny mash-up of some of my favorite influences: ‘90s Kung Fu films, Spaghetti Westerns of the ‘60s, and the epic Space Adventures of the ‘70s, ‘80s and today,” says Gutierrez.

The Untitled Kung Fu Space Western will center on one of the galaxy’s most charming outlaws, leader of a funny, ragtag crew of rebel bandits on a collision course with a legendary villain. The film joins Reel FX’s growing development slate, which includes Monster on the Hill (adapted from the book by Rob Harrell, written by Matt Lieberman), Giant Girl (conceived by Reel FX story leads Bob Logan and Paul Fisher) and WISH Police (adapted from the short story by Daniel Nayeri, written by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, with Headless Productions).

Jorge R. Gutierrez
Jorge R. Gutierrez


  1. Yet another CG film. I would really like to see studio’s start using a mix of formats, instead of strictly CG animation.
    This trend shows that producers are only about using the most generic, readily available format. It does not stand out as anything spectacular or special, since any animation studio can produce decent looking CG animation in 2015.
    What I am saying is fully CG animated films are becoming overly generic and boring, when that is all you see now.

    • Considering Jorge pretty much bucked the trend of the Pixar-esque sameness for Book of Life, I can unequivocally say that your argument has no legs to stand on, but rant all you want. 🙂

    • Oh, and you also probably missed the several 2d sequences in Book of Life itself since you’re sooooooo busy hating on studios that don’t use a mix of formats while commenting on a post regarding a director and studio that has done just that. But hey, that’s what makes you a generic (and boring) 2d apologist.

      • Woah hold yo horses!!! I agree to a point of over use of cgi, it’s killed many great animations , loony tunes, post man pat ??? And others but have you guys actually watched book of life? Yes it is harking back to stop mo in its style but it could never have been made in any other way. I am no lover of cgi but sombreros off to the team the film is a classic already. Just check out the art work in the creating of the film before it went to digital tinkering. Come on lighten up life is too short. Unlike this reply


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