Shane Acker made his feature directorial debut in 2009 with 9, which was the culmination of years of work that began with the short film of the same title, released in 2005. The former WETA animator (he worked on The Return of the King) didn’t get the best reception with 9, but it certainly has fans, thanks in part to some excellent character designs.

Now he’s back with a very different sort of movie. We don’t have a title for the film yet, but it takes place in Sodor, which readers with young children will be able to identify as the home of Thomas the Tank Engine. Read More »

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

Before Where the Wild Things Are, and even before Being John Malkovich, Spike Jonze was developing a big screen adaptation of the acclaimed 1955 children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold and the Purple Crayon tells the story of a curious four-year-old boy who draws his reality and lives in the imaginary world he creates. The film famously fell apart a mere two weeks before principal photography (more information about that after the jump) but it now appears that development is alive again at Sony Pictures Animation.

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