Vancouver Based Animation House Teams Up With Platinum Studios for First Ever CG Horror Film
Platinum Studios, an entertainment company that controls the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, and The Shop Productions, an innovative feature-film production company specializing in computer-animation,have chosen Alan McElroy to write the screenplay for the $18 million budgeted first ever CG theatrical horror feature, "Bonesaw," based on the Platinum
Studios graphic novel by acclaimed Scots writer Rob Moran. Relativity Management, one of Hollywood's leading talent management firms, will be co-financing the picture and is arranging the international elements.
Production is set to begin in early 2006, and be completed Fall 2007. This comes on the heels of Platinum and The Shop's recent announcement that they were producing the first CGI thriller, "Dylan Dog: The Fourth Kingdom," entering pre-production in June.
McElroy is no stranger to adapting comics to film, as he worked closely with comic book superstar Todd McFarlane, writing both the "Spawn" feature film and the Emmy-winning first season of the animated series. McElroy also was nominated for a Saturn award for his work on "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers." McElroy's other recent credits include the recently-wrapped upcoming Fox release "The Marine" from the producers of "Walking Tall" and "The Rundown."
"I couldn't think of anyone better to write what will be the first commercially released animated horror movie," says Rosenberg. "We believe that 'Bonesaw' will be the first horror movie that really takes advantage of the stunning possibilities of CGI."
Founded by Chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Platinum Studios is known for comic-to-film adaptations and currently has motion pictures in development at all the major studios. Rosenberg is responsible for bringing the "Men In Black" comic book to Sony Pictures where it became a billion-dollar franchise.
Based on Rob Moran's upcoming graphic novel, "Bonesaw" is about a horror-fantasy writer who discovers that her hit novels are about to release the villain Bonesaw and the other hellish creatures she's been writing about
into our world.
"Bonesaw' will do for animation what 'Sin City' has done for live action: set a new paradigm for visual style. This represents another chance for us to redefine what CGI storytelling is all about and to show the world how far you
can go," said The Shop's co-founder Ian Pearson.