Reel FX (The Book of Life) today revealed details of its latest project, Wish Police, including the first concept painting developed for the film as well as key additions to the production and art teams.
Wish Police, is being directed by award-winning Spanish trio, Headless (Adrian Garcia, Alfredo Torres and Victor Maldonado) and is based on the novella, “Wish Police”, by Daniel Nayeri. The story takes place in a world where children’s bad wishes come to life as mayhem-making villains, and a secret organization called The Wish Police must work ‘round the clock to apprehend the evildoers and keep the world safe!
Reel FX has tapped veteran production exec Kirk Bodyfelt (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2) to produce the film. Bodyfelt comes from Paramount Animation. Prior to that, he was one of the founding members of Sony Pictures Animation, producing films like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, as well asOpen Season 2 & 3. His extensive career began at Walt Disney Feature Animation working on the production side of classics like Mulan, The Lion King and Tarzan.
The studio has also brought on Annie-Award-nominated Production Designer Patrick Hanenberger (Rise of the Guardians,) and Art Director Margaret Wuller (How To Train Your Dragon, The Croods) of The Neuland who will lead visual development on Wish Police, alongside Headless. The duo is currently working out of Reel FX’s Dallas and Santa Monica locations.
“We couldn’t be happier to unveil a glimpse of the unique visual style of Wish Police,” notes director Victor Maldonado, “we think our color palette and character designs – which you see only a hint of here – feel fresh and unexpected. We want to create a film whose visuals are as moving as its story.”
Wish Police, is targeting a late 2017/early 2018 release.