20th Century Fox / Locksmith Animation
As mentioned earlier this week with the announcement of 20th Century Fox Animation’s new project Spies in Disguise, the studio is looking to fill up its animated roster after their deal with DreamWorks Animation came to an end. They’ve done quite well with the movies produced along with Blue Sky Studios like the Ice Age movies, but they also recently made a multi-year deal with the UK’s feature animation studio Locksmith Animation.
Today, they announce the first collaboration between the two studios, a film called Ron’s Gone Wrong directed by Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar vet J.P. Vine (Inside Out) with 20th Century Fox distributing the movie and releasing it on Nov. 6, 2020. (That would put it up against an “Untitled Marvel” movie.)
It tells the story of a walking, talking robot that is meant to be every kid’s new best friend, but an 11-year-old boy ends up with one that doesn’t work, and his attempts to teach it “become a hilarious, heart-warming exploration of what real friendship means in a world of algorithms and social media.”
The film is written by Hotel Transylvania‘s Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith (Arthur Christmas), and it’s produced by Lara Breay (Megamind, Penguins of Madagascar). Julie Lockhart and Sarah smith will serve as Locksmith Animation producers with co-founder Elisabeth Murdoch as exec. producer with Baynham.
The rest of the Ron’s Gone Wrong team includes Production Designer Nathan Crowley (Dunkirk, Interstellar, The Dark Knight) with Aurelien Predal (Mune, The Little Prince), Character Designer Carter Goodritch (Ratatouille, Despicable Me), Editor David Burrows (The Lego Movie), Cinematographer David Peers (Happy Feet), and VFX Supervisor Philippe Denis (Trolls).
This is the first of what’s expected to be a new film every 12 to 18 months from this partnership with Locksmith Animation developing and producing the projects with partners Double Negative.
Locksmith Animation Founders and Co-CEO’s Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart revealed the title and shared a first look at the project, including concept art, animation tests and plot points at a licensing presentation in London over the weekend.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor