Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Off the Shelf: DreamWorks Repurposes 'Trollhunters' Film...


Years ago, DreamWorks announced several different animated films left and right.

This was actually around the time visionary director Guillermo del Toro was with them. A lot of these projects never came to fruition, stuff that sounded pretty exciting. One of which was an adaptation of ex-Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas' wonderfully creepy short film Alma, another was an adaptation of the book Gil's All Fright Diner, apparently not a PG-level book about a diner that's often attacked by zombies and other frights. Other projects included fantasies like The Grimm Legacy and Rumblewick, alongside incredibly cool-sounding things like Maintenance and Flawed Dogs.

Then there was del Toro's own project Trollhunters, a film that he tried to launch at Disney back when the company was going to set up an animation studio called Disney Double Dare You. An animation studio meant to create horror films for the big kids-and-up set. Oh what could've been...

He shopped it to DreamWorks, but it didn't seem to go anywhere there. Disney-Hyperion published a comic back in July. The plot synopsis, via Amazon...

"Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino-one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named "Tubby" who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed."

The project is back at DreamWorks, but not as a feature film...

But rather a Netflix series...

Variety reports that the plot is virtually the same, and that it'll be arriving alongside Voltron, a Classic Media property that DreamWorks has said that they'd tackle in the future. This isn't the first time DreamWorks took a film project and turned it into a TV series. This year's Dinotrux, based on the children's book of the same name, originally began life at DreamWorks as a feature as well.

This is exactly what DreamWorks TV needs, a fresh and creative series from a man who delivers something unique with a bit of a bite. Plus it gives him a breather after Crimson Peak didn't go over at the box office.

What do you think of this project? Would you rather see it as a film? Or do you think a Netflix series will work out? Sound off below!

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