Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has certainly become familiar with special effects over the course of his career. But animated features? Not so much. Now, Abrams is set to produce the animated family comedy THE FLAMINGO AFFAIR from writer Pamela Pettler for Paramount.
The story details are being kept under wraps, but the idea is being pitched as an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist movie with animals in Las Vegas.
Abrams will produce through his Bad Robot banner with Jon Cohen serving as the production exec. Annie Laks will oversee for Paramount.
Paramount Animation is a relatively new branch of the studio, forming after the departure of DreamWorks Animation in 2012, with the first feature being The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water in 2015. The studio also has the animated features Monster Trucks, Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes, and Amusement Park in the works, with several more in development.
Abrams is currently doing double duty in intergalactic franchises. He served as producer of the forthcoming Star Trek Beyond directed by Justin Lin and is overseeing the production of Star Wars: Episode VIII. He is also tending to several dozen other projects currently in the works, including Beta, the sci-fi flick from Ed Solomon, who also penned Now You See Me.
Screenwriter Pettler’s credits include the animated features Corpse Bride, Monster House, and 9. Petler previously worked on draft of the Monopoly movie in development with Hasbro and Lionsgate. She is also attached to re-team with director Tim Burton for a reboot of The Addams Family.
Josh Lyons| Managing Editor