Bee Movie co-director to lead Madagascar spin-off

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Simon Smith, co-director of DreamWorks Animation’s 2007 Bee Movie, will now direct the same studio’s as yet untitled spin-off of 2005′s Madagascar, featuring the penguins.

Lara Breay, of DWA’s Megamind (2005), will produce the film.

In March, DWA hurried the project along by hiring Megamind writers Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, to script the tale, which will focus on penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico’s paramilitary stories. The four are supporting characters of the Madagascar movies, but often have stolen the show.

Decisions on casting remain far away.

A DWA animator, Smith was head of layout for the studio’s Antz (1998) and Shrek (2001). He was a layout consultant on Shrek 2 (2004).

Shrek then directed Shrek 4-D, an animated attraction that’s part of the Universal Studios theme park.

In addition, he directed the Shrek-themed Far Far Away Idol (2004) and this February’s Megamind: The Button Of Doom, shorts that came as extras on DVDs released by DWA.

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