Gnosis Moving Pictures CEO Darius A. Kamali and Whisper Pictures CEO George Merkert announced today that the companies are partnering on the animated feature film Tusk: hannibal’s Favorite Elephant. The project, which was co-written and will be directed by Whisper Pictures’ Oscar winning Chief Creative Officer Tim McGovern (Tron, Total Recall, As Good as it Gets and currently, Sin City 2), is a family-friendly epic adventure that tells the story of legendary military strategist Hannibal and his favorite elephant Surus, as they seek justice from the Romans. The project, set in 218 B.C., follows Surus and Hannibal as they lead an army of men and 37 African elephants over the Alps, and the deep connection that develops between a man and animal bound by shared hope and common loss.
McGovern, a founder of Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Merkert, former Executive Producer at the same company, will serve as producers on the project. Kamali, who’s producing credits include Igor (MGM/TWC) and the upcoming Hero of Color City (Magnolia Pictures) will serve as co-executive producer.
Gnosis Moving Pictures is a global, multicultural studio with a focus on both CG-animation and live action features that aim to explore the human condition. Gnosis is currently producing its first animated feature, The Quest, being helmed by Oscar winner Will Vinton, in creative partnership with Vinton Entertainment. The Company is also poised to take on the social and mobile free to play space, through its alliance with IPFranchise, developing both original intellectual properties, branded studio titles and digital extensions of the Gnosis film slate. IPFranchise, headed by Kandice Cota, is currently developing a social / mobile gaming platform for The Pink Panther franchise in partnership with MGM Studios.