Indian powerhouse studio DQ Entertainment has launched a dedicated feature division division which plans to produce a steady slate of motion pictures in the coming years based on iconic, universally loved characters and stories. The first movie green lit from this new division is a $45 million stereoscopic 3D animated feature film based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale The Jungle Book.
Already in pre-production, The Jungle Book producers have tapped screenwriter Billy Frolick (Madagascar, Holy Cow), co-Directors Jun Falkenstein (The Tigger Movie, The Smurfs, Despicable Me) and Kevin Johnson (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, Astro Boy, Stuart Little), and production designer James Hegedus (Shrek) to work on the movie.
The film is produced by Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman and Founder of DQE, while Eric S. Rollman, CEO of Rollman Entertainment, Inc., former President of both Marvel Animation and Saban/Fox Family Productions, with DQE’s VP of Intellectual Property, Rouhini Jaswal, will serve as Executive Producers.
The Jungle Book is targeting a theatrical release date in 2014. Pre- and Post-production will be based in Los Angeles with animation production at DQE’s headquarters in Hyderabad, India. Two additional classic titles are already in development for the company’s next two theatrical film projects.