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Paramount Animation Planning Live Action/Animated Franchise 'Monster Trucks' With Blue Sky's Chris Wedge

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 10:37 AM
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According to a Deadline report, Paramount Animation is about to get serious about the cartoon game. After winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar last year for "Rango," and letting their distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation lapse, the studio pledged to seriously commit to original animated product, the first of which was an as-yet-untitled sequel to "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie." Now they're going for an even bigger project: "Monster Trucks," a $100 million live action/animated hybrid to be directed by Chris Wedge ("Ice Age," "Epic") that Deadline describes as being the first in a "'Transformers'-like franchise." Our guess is that, with a movie called "Monster Trucks," the trucks are going to turn into actual monsters. Why wouldn't they?

Paramount Ups The Ante, Launches In-House Animation Studio

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 7, 2011 4:49 AM
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DreamWorks CEO Katzenberg Too Cocky To WorryYou have to give it to them: Paramount Pictures is not here to fuck around. The Wrap has reported that the studio will be opening its own in-house animation division -- Paramount Animation -- and expects to release its first film in 2014. Paramount Chairman, CEO and Certified Badass Brad Grey, has said that each film's budget will be in the $100 million range and that they anticipate releasing one film per year. Grey told The Wrap, "That's a price point we think is a smart business. The global market is vibrant for family fare, particularly if we stick to that price range."

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