Duncan Studio, which delivered the 2D animation interlaced through Disney’s Annie Award-winning sequel Mary Poppins Returns, is ready to launch its new in-house development and production division Duncan Originals. Headed by studio founder and Disney alum Ken Duncan, the shop is developing a slate of animated features, series and short-form content.
The launch slate includes:
Nature’s End (live-action/animation/gaming hybrid feature film) – A sci-fi/fantasy adventure starring a female hero who finds a way to overcome an ecological crisis without resorting to violence or imitating her male counterparts.
R.E.D. (six-part series) – A humorous sci-fi detective story inspired by 1950s pulp novels, which centers on a machine which is questioning its value as a “living” being.
“Our development division has created a slate of unique, inclusive, gender balanced and visually compelling stories, that will engage and resonate with audiences globally. Our mission is to work with culturally diverse established and emerging new talent to expand the creative boundaries of the animation art form,” Duncan told Deadline.
Founded in 2007, Duncan Studio has worked talented filmmakers including Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall, Brad Bird, Tom Hanks and Katherina Bigelow, and with top studios like Illumination, Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal.