Hot on the heels of their success with The Book of Life, Reel FX Animation Studios has entered into a multi-year, multi-picture deal with the film’s writer and director, Jorge R. Gutierrez. The first animated feature under the deal will be an Untitled Kung Fu Space Western, which Gutierrez will direct from a script he is writing with Douglas Langdale. Reel FX’s Brad Booker will produce the film. Gutierrez and Chatrone LLC will also produce alongside Booker. Sandra Equihua will oversee the character design. Gutierrez has moved to Dallas to work on the project out of Reel FX’s studio.
The Untitled Kung Fu Space Western – which I personally hope the studio will retain as the films ultimate title – centers on one of the galaxy’s most charming outlaws, the leader of a funny, ragtag crew of rebel bandits that are put on a collision course with a legendary villain to determine the fate of the galaxy. Jorge Gutierrez added, “Our heartfelt film will be a funny mash-up of some of my favorite influences: ‘90s Kung Fu films, Spaghetti Westerns of the ‘60s, and the epic Space Adventures of the ‘70s, ‘80s and today.”
The film joins Reel FX’s growing development slate, a few of which are: Monster on the Hill, based on the book by Rob Harrell, written by Matt Lieberman; Giant Girl, based on a pitch by Reel FX story leads Bob Logan and Paul Fisher; and WISH Police, based on a short story by Daniel Nayeri, written by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, with Headless Productions attached to direct.
Reel FX launched its feature length development and production slate in 2010 after almost 20 years of experience as an award-winning one-stop studio for the creation of animated content. The studio’s first full length animated feature film, Free Birds, was released in November 2013 grossing over $110 million worldwide. Its second feature, The Book of Life, was released in October 2014 and is still in the midst of its international run. Reel FX also recently started a virtual reality division, Reel FX VR, dedicated to the creation of virtual reality content. The division will focus on client work for major studios and commercial agencies as well as content needs for Reel FX’s original films.