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Dreamworks Taps Edgar Wright To Direct and Co-Write Original Animated Feature

Dreamworks Taps Edgar Wright To Direct and Co-Write Original Animated Feature

DreamWorks Animation has found their man in
acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright, who is set to direct and co-write the screenplay for an
original animated feature centered on the concept of shadows. Wright will co-write the film with
acclaimed comedian and author, David Walliams.

The project, a new approach to a previously developed concept, marks the feature
animation directorial debut for Wright. For DreamWorks Animation’s Co-Presidents of Feature
Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria, the hiring of Wright is the latest example of the
studio’s focus on working with a diverse group of the industry’s most gifted filmmakers.
Wright’s distinctive comedic voice has spawned a legion of loyal fans, with beloved films
including “Shaun of the Dead,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and “Hot Fuzz.” The multi-
talented filmmaker also co-wrote the Golden Globe winning, “The Adventures of Tintin,”

Co-writer David Walliams is a celebrated comedian, actor, author, television personality
and activist, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch show, “Little
Britain.” A best-selling children’s author, Walliams’ books have sold more than 10 million
copies to date.

“Edgar will spearhead a new approach to this fascinating concept and we’re ecstatic to
have him onboard as director along with David as co-writer,” said Arnold and Soria in a joint
statement. “We’ve always been intrigued by a film concept involving shadows, and now with
Edgar’s signature comedic style and abilities as a natural storyteller, audiences will be treated to
a truly captivating and energetic tale.”

“My first endeavors in film-making as a teenager were in animation, so it was hugely
intriguing to get a call from DreamWorks Animation about potentially directing,” said Wright.
“When the Shadows concept was suggested to me, I could see the poster, the title sequence and pretty much the whole movie. It’s a blast writing this and to have one of my oldest friends in
comedy, David Walliams, along for the adventure is a thrill.”

DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Development Gregg Taylor and development
executive Damon Ross are overseeing the project for the studio. 

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