The animation world was rocked this week as Dreamworks Animation closed its PDI Studio in northern California. The closure comes as part of an expected round of Dreamworks Animation layoffs, but the 500 jobs that were cut this week far exceeded expectations, and the closure of the studio had not been predicted at all. Along with these layoffs comes a significant reduction in production, as the company’s planned three film per year output will now back off to only two films: one original per year, and one sequel.
Along with this closure comes another push for the How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date — the film will now arrive in 2018. Read More »
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DreamWorks Animation had it’s own Ghostbusters-style movie, B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations, set for summer 2015 release. But now the company is rethinking the release date. “We regularly evaluate how to maximize [our films’] value, including determining the most opportune time to release a film,” said a DWA spokesperson, and it turns out that summer 2015 is not the opportune time for B.O.O. The film is now floating in the aether without a release date, like one of its own ghosts. Read More »
The upcoming DreamWorks Animation film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations sounds like an explicitly for-kids combo of Men in Black and Ghostbusters, as it follows two agents in “a ghostly, top-secret government agency devoted to protecting humans from evil hauntings.” Bill Murray is even voicing the villain, Addison Drake, who plots against the bureau. We don’t have a trailer or any footage yet (the film hits next summer) but an early bit of licensing gives the first early look at B.O.O. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Bill Murray hasn’t expressed much of an interest in fighting ghosts lately, but he’s evidently not opposed to becoming one. The former Ghostbusters star has joined the starry voice cast of B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, along with Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Coolidge.
Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Rashida Jones, and Matt Bomer were already part of the lineup. Hit the jump to find out just what kinds of ghosts Murray and the others will be playing.
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The comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. (standing for Rest in Peace Department) features an agency staffed by deceased lawmen taking on spirits that don’t want to leave Earth. Just in case the kids won’t be attracted to that, DreamWorks Animation is making B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations), in which “a super secret government agency staffed with ghosts is dedicated to protecting humans from evil hauntings.”
In the animated story, two new agents — Jackson Moss (Seth Rogen) and oddball partner Watts (Melissa McCarthy) — uncover a plot to destroy the agency, and work to stop said plot from coming to fruition. Oh, and there’s a ghost army, so that might be neat. Read More »
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Most movie studios release information about their upcoming slates a year or two at a time. But today DreamWorks Animation released a four-year slate, driven in part by the new distribution deal the company has with Fox, as well as the long lead time needed to make animated films, and also perhaps by the not-so-hot view of the publicly-traded company on Wall Street.
We’ve known that DA has a mind towards heavy sequel production, and that is reflected in this slate, with dates for two more How to Train Your Dragon films, another Kung Fu Panda sequel, and another Madagascar spinoff. But, in addition to films we know about (The Croods, Turbo) there are some other new projects that adapt kids books, and more details on the previously-announced animated Bollywood-style musical. Read More »