Annapurna Animation outlined its growing slate of projects today and unveiled a pair of executive hirings.
The company is putting together a Blue Sky Studios reunion of sorts. Annapurna launched its dedicated animation division last year under the leadership of former Disney animation and Blue Sky executives Robert Baird and Andrew Millstein. Its first production was the former Blue Sky film Nimona. Today’s announcement also included upcoming films from Blue Sky’s founder, one of the studio’s former directors, and the appointment of a former Blue Sky producer.
Here is everything Annapurna announced today:
- The studio’s upcoming slate will include a feature adaptation of Annapurna Interactive’s hugely popular cyberpunk indie video game Stray, which was developed by French outfit Bluetwelve Studio. Annapurna also said it has plans to adapt more titles from the Annapurna Interactive library.
- Chris Wedge, who founded Blue Sky Studios and directed films including Ige Age, Robots, and Epic, is developing his next film, FOO, at the studio. No other details about the film were released today.
- Annapurna made a splash this summer with its Netflix original animated feature Nimona. One of that film’s directors, Nick Bruno, has been tapped to develop and direct an untitled original feature at Annapurna Animation and is developing several other ideas for the unit.
- Blue Sky vets Julie Zackary and Erica Pulcini have been appointed head of animation production and creative executive, respectively.