Pitched in the vein of The Fault in our Stars or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but with a supernatural twist, the story centers on a teenager, Sam, who, after his girlfriend Franny dies, discovers a way to reconnect with her by bending the laws of reality. The teen-targeted drama was one of Lee’s first scripts, and was the first script she optioned prior to her stunning string of successes in animated features.
The film is being produced by Code Entertainment’s Rich Freeman and Kane Lee. No word yet on who will star, as producers are looking to set a director before fleshing out the cast. Financing for the production has been secured, and the film is expected to shoot in Mexico.
Lee won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2013 for Frozen, the Disney animated feature based on a Hans Christian Andersen story that became a global box office phenomenon, grossing one billion dollars. Lee was subsequently part of the Creative Leadership Team that worked on Disney’s follow-up to Frozen, Big Hero 6 – which also took home Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Oscars. Lee was involved in developing the story for Disney’s latest box office sensation, Zootopia, which is also one of the studio’s best reviewed animated pics in years.
Lee is currently in development with Frozen 2, which she will once again co-direct Chris Buck, while she is adapting the script of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which has Ava Duvernay set to direct. In addition, she served as a writer and co-executive producer on three seasons of the ABC Family series Young & Hungry.
Code Entertainment’s previous credits include The Forger with John Travolta and Kill The Irishman. The company is also in development with the thriller Jet Lag.
Lee is repped by CAA and Code Entertainment.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor