Originally set for release in 2007, the 3D animated family comedy is currently in full production and will be scheduled for United States release in 2012. A film from The Weinstein Company, Escape From Planet Earth is produced in association with Rainmaker Entertainment.
The announcement was made by TWC president of production Donna Gigliotti and Rainmaker president and executive producer Catherine Winder. Both Gigliotti and Winder serve as producers on the animated feature film.
Escape From Planet Earth is directed by Cal Brunker, best known for his work on the animated feature films Despicable Me, 9 and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!. Gigliotti and Winder are joined by Rainmaker’s Luke Carroll as a producer on the film. TWC co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers.
The film was written by Brunker and Bob Barlen based on an original screenplay by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards.
“Escape From Planet Earth has got it all… explosions, romance and a cast of hilarious aliens… what more could you ask for?”, said Brunker. “We are having a great time making it, which is coming across on the screen. It will ultimately provide a ton of fun for both kids and their parents.”
“We’re excited to have such a talented group of actors bringing this action-packed comedic tale to life,” said Gigliotti. “I’m also very pleased to be working with Catherine and the Rainmaker team. Their outstanding artistry, storytelling and techniques in CGI animation add a new dimension to this film and ensure a fun moviegoing experience for the entire family.”
Winder added, “A successful animated movie starts with an imaginative story and appealing characters. The addition of such high-caliber voice talent is a crucial layer to the mix. With the amazing array of talented artists and creatives from both The Weinstein Company and Rainmaker collaborating on this production, we have all the right ingredients to make Escape From Planet Earth a highly entertaining and successful film.”
Escape From Planet Earth catapults moviegoers to planet Baab, where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother Gary (Corddry), head of mission control at BASA.
When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (Gandolfini), it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Parker) and their adventure-hungry son Kip!