MGM goes down on the “Punk Farm” for cartoon film

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Punk Farm

Punk Farm

As its sec­ond in-house project since emerg­ing from bank­ruptcy, MGM is mak­ing the ani­mated film Punk Farm.

Based on a children’s book by Jar­rett Krosoczka, this will mark the the under-new-management studio’s first car­toon film since 1989’s All Dogs Go To Heaven.

David Sil­ver­man (The Simp­sons Movie) will direct the fea­ture, rewrit­ten by David Stern from a script by Jim Hecht, the stu­dio has confirmed.

Kevin Mes­sick and Arish Fyzee are the pro­duc­ers. Anita Cama­rata will be the exec­u­tive pro­ducer for Prana Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios, which brought the project to MGM. Based in Los Ange­les and Mum­bai, Prana will do the CG ani­ma­tion for the project. It’s worked on such projects as Disney’s direct-to-video Tin­ker Bell (2008).

In Punk Farm, five barn­yard ani­mals form an under­ground rock band.

Sil­ver­man, an Emmy win­ner, may be best known for his work on The Simp­sons. He also was a co-director of Mon­sters, Inc.

Among Stern’s upcom­ing projects are Sony’s Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia and Walden/Reel FX’s Turkeys, fea­tur­ing the voices of Steve Mar­tin, Woody Har­rel­son and Owen Wil­son. He’s been involved with Open Sea­son 2 and Open Sea­son 3 as well.

Hecht may be best known for his work as a writer on Fox’s Ice Age: The Melt­down (2006).

[Via Vari­ety, The Hol­ly­wood Reporter]

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