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KUNG FU PANDA Director John Stevenson Announces Upcoming Slate Of Projects

Movieby Jim Napier

It looks like John Stevenson will not be working with DreamWorks again for a long time, if at all.  Today Stevenson announced the upcoming projects that he is working on with Vanguard Films.

John Stevenson has signed a producing/directing pact with Vanguard Films, and has begun work on directing Alien Rock Band for Vanguard.  Rock Band is a mix of live-action and CGI that follows a garage band from Earth that journeys across the Universe for a chance to quality for the Intergalactic Battle of the Bands.

Vanguard Films has directed such duds as Valiant, Happily N’Ever After, Space Chimps and Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back.   Hopefully bringing the likes of Stevenson on board to produce and direct will be a step into financial and critical success.

A new strategy has been put into place to prepare for the upcoming films according to a press release.

Check out the projects they have lined up below:

 — A CG picture, based on the book by Shrek author William Steig about “an island where monsters reign free until a beautiful flower changes everything”.

 — Described as “the world’s first high speed animated romantic comedystarring fruit flies”. Jason Mayland wrote the script. Annie Award-winner Phil Robinson is attached to direct.

 — A live-action martial arts movie with supernatural elements set in Shanghai. Said to be in the spirit of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Rob Moreland (writer of Happily N’Ever After, and co-writer of Space Chimps) wrote the script.

 — A live-action fantasy adventure story featuring a fast-talking con-man in a post-apocalyptic world. Written by Athena Gam.

Stevenson will direct Rotten Island after he completes Alien Rock Band.  At one timeStevenson had been expected to direct the live action He-Man adaptation Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe but that is up in the air.  He will also be producing BuzbyCity of Dragons and Atomic Circus alongside John Williams.

Alien Rock Band's music seems to be in good hands with musician Dave Stewart of the synthpop duo Eurythmics attached as a producer.  I am all for these films success and hope that Alien Rock Band does well.

What are your thoughts?

 

 

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