Relativity Media and Reel FX, a movie studio based in Dallas and Santa Monica, announced Wednesday that they will jointly produce and finance the animated comedy Turkeys, slated for a 2014 release.
The film is directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears A Who!), and stars the voice talent of Owen Wilson (Cars) and Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games). Turkeys will be distributed worldwide by Relativity.
Producing are Scott Mosier (Clerks), Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II), John Strauss (The Santa Claus 2) and David l. Stern (Hotel Transylvania). The screenplay was written by Stern and Strauss with a rewrite by Mazin.
Turkeys is an irreverent buddy comedy where two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history — and get turkey off the menu for good.
“This agreement is a culmination of years of friendship and a continued desire to collaborate between Relativity and Reel FX,” said Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO. “We are delighted to broaden our film release slate to include Turkeys, which features an exciting roster of voice talent, a powerhouse creative team and an original witty storyline.”
“We’ve always been fans of Relativity, and have watched them evolve over the years into a major force in the film and entertainment business,” said Steve O’Brien, Chairman and CEO of Reel FX. “We are excited to start our relationship with Relativity by partnering with Ryan and his team to bring Turkeys to audiences around the world.”
Reel FX is a fully-integrated movie studio that develops and produces both animated films and live-action movies. In addition to Turkeys, Reel FX’s growing animation slate includes Day of the Dead (Guillermo del Toro producing) and Beasts of Burden (Aron Warner and Andrew Adamson producing). Reel FX’s own film slate follows almost 20 years of experience as an award-winning one-stop studio for animated content, including films, special attraction/live venue projects and interactive projects for companies like DreamWorks Animation, Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios.
Up next, Relativity will release the outrageous Movie 43 (in theatres January 25), the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling Safe Haven (in theatres February 8), the comedy 21 and Over (in theatres March 1), the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia (in theatres October 4, 2013) and Luc Besson’s darkly comedic action film Malavita (in theatres October 18, 2013) with EuropaCorp. Relativity is currently in post-production on Scott Cooper’s gritty dramatic thriller, currently titled Out of the Furnace.