Thursday, April 20, 2017

Big Short Gets Bigger: Fox Animation to Adapt 'A Tale of Momentum & Inertia'

Fox Animation continues to fatten up its slate of CG animated films and live-action/photoreal CG hybrids...

A new addition to their slate is an adaptation of the minute-long short film A Tale of Momentum & Inertia...

Two writers are attached, and it turns out... These fellows wrote Cars 3: Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart. The former is an actor, and it appears that the Pixar sequel was his first writing gig. Stewart directed a 2005 comedy called Guy in Row Five, and wrote and directed a live-action short called Doing Time. The two were roommates.

Fox actually picked this up after a quiet bidding war, that's how big the short was. Rio movie series director Carlos Saldanha is set to produce it with his company, and the studio behind the short - House Special - will be handling the feature's animation production. This also isn't the first time Fox optioned an animated short for a feature film, for they have announced a film based on Tonko House's short film The Dam Keeper.

I can only imagine how they'll make a full-blown feature out of this. It's a fun little minute with a surprising twist ending, so will we lose something with 90 minutes of additional stuff? Sometimes a short film can be made into a pretty decent movie, like Frankenweenie. Sometimes, however, you get a forgettable feature like 9. I personally think this one poses a real challenge... Do you flesh out the background of the kingdom? Will it focus mainly on the rock giant? Well it end the same way? Who knows.

Either way, I am interested nonetheless.

What say you?

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