Jason Reitman needs redemption after his 2014 flop “Men, Women & Children” and tepidly received 2013 awards-hopeful-that-couldn’t “Labor Day.”
The typically adult-leaning director of “Thank You for Smoking,” witty Oscar nominees “Juno” and “Up in the Air” and under-appreciated and acidic “Young Adult” will now write and direct “Beekle” for DreamWorks Animation.
The story of an oddball imaginary friend who embarks on a magical journey to find his perfect (real-life) match, the project marks Reitman’s first animated effort, and DreamWorks Animation’s first project under new co-presidents Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. The studio is feeling confident after racking up nearly $350 million worldwide for this year’s animated “Home,” and is taking sweet time on promising projects, including 2016’s “Kung Fu Panda 3.”
DreamWorks Animation development exec Damon Ross brought the project to the studio’s attention, and will head production alongside Gregg Taylor.