The animation studio has announced upcoming projects including a film adaptation of the video game ‘Stray’ and an original movie titled ‘Foo’ from Chris Wedge, director of the ‘Ice Age movies.
After releasing its debut animated feature, “Nimona,” Annapurna Animation has enlisted director Nick Bruno and producer Julie Zackary to join their creative leadership team. Additionally, they are expanding their upcoming film lineup to include an adaptation of the video game “Stray” and “Foo,” an original title from Chris Wedge, co-founder of Blue Sky and director of “Ice Age.”
Originally based on ND Stevenson’s graphic novel of the same name, “Nimona” initially began production at Blue Sky but moved to Annapurna following Disney’s acquisition of Fox, which owned the animation studio. Netflix successfully released “Nimona” to positive reviews in June.
Nick Bruno, a former Blue Sky artist who directed “Spies in Disguise,” is currently working on an unnamed original film for Annapurna Animation. He’s also in the process of developing more original projects. Julie Zackary, previously the VP of Production at Blue Sky and an early VP of Production Management at Sony Pictures Imageworks, is now the Head of Animation Production at the studio. Annapurna Animation also brought on board Erica Pulcini, another former Blue Sky artist, as a Creative Executive.
One of their upcoming projects is “Stray,” a game developed by BlueTwelve Studio and published by Annapurna Interactive, centered around the adventures of a stray cat. Annapurna Animation plans to adapt more titles from the Annapurna Interactive library in the future.
Details about Chris Wedge’s project, “Foo,” were not disclosed. Chris Wedge, who previously won an Oscar for the animated short “Bunny” during his time at Blue Sky, remains a bit of a mystery.
Annapurna Animation established its animation division in December, led by Robert Baird and Andrew Millstein.