Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Reel Excitement: Updates on Reel FX's 'Kung Fu Space Western'


As I've trumpeted before on here, Reel FX is a studio to get geared up about.

The Book of Life showed us what CGI can do, and how it can go exciting new paths. Not to mention, it was a neat passion project for its director, Jorge Guiterrez. They have a slew of upcoming films that sound amazing, from the adaptation of the family-unfriendly supernatural comic Beasts of Burden, to the creative-sounding W.I.S.H. Police, to Guiterrez's next project...

A "kung fu space western"... Apparently that might end up being the title: Kung Fu Space Western. Earlier, a friend of mine on Twitter found what appeared to be concept art for the film...


Unfortunately, it's just fan art...


The poster in the middle, however, is real... It slipped right under my radar a few months ago...



And apparently Reel FX is looking to release it sometime in 2018. W.I.S.H. Police, as reported a few weeks back, might also be a 2018 release. They're thinking it'll hit either in late 2017 or early 2018. My best guess is that W.I.S.H. Police debuts first in fall 2017, then this hits sometime in the summer or fall of 2018.

It's not known who will distribute Reel FX's future films. Relativity, current recovering from going bankrupt a few months back, released Free Birds. Fox released The Book of Life. Since it did moderately well for what it was, would Fox return to Reel FX? Or will someone else distribute these future films? Why does the studio's Rock Dog, set to open this year, not have a concrete release date or American distributor?

So much to ask, but in the mean time, let's keep cheering for Reel FX. They're showing that they'll do what many smaller animation studios should do: Use the low budgets to their advantage, and take some real risks!

What do you think of the concept artwork? Who do you think will distribute the studio's future films? Sound off below!

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