Paperman Director Lands At Paramount

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JohnKahrsThe Oscar-winning direc­tor of Disney’s  Paper­man- John Kahrs– has turned up across the street at Para­mount for his next project. Kahrs’ Oscar last year for the Dis­ney ani­mated short was the stu­dios first win in that divi­sion in the  since 1969’s It’s Tough To Be A Bird. His new project will be Shedd, a fea­ture film with no release date yet set.

The story is based on an orig­i­nal idea from Paramount’s Film Group pres­i­dent Adam Good­man, and will be writ­ten by Trip­per Clancy. Good­man heads the ani­ma­tion divi­sion at Para­mount, which spun up in 2012 as the stu­dio faced the end of its dis­tri­b­u­tion pact for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Rango was their first part­ner­ship, and their first full film with be 2015’s Sponge­Bob Squarepants. The stu­dio also has Doug TenNapel’s Mon­ster Zoo in the works, but no date is set for that film.

Kahrs sur­prised many peo­ple when he abruptly left Dis­ney, just months after his Oscar win for Paper­man. He had pre­vi­ously worked at Pixar on such films as A Bug’s Life, The Incred­i­bles, and Rata­touille. After mov­ing over to Dis­ney, he ani­mated on BoltWreck-It Ralph and Frozen and was an ani­ma­tion super­vi­sor on Tan­gled.

Mean­while, Toon­box announced a date  for a sequel to the newly-released The Nut Job. Look for The Nut Job 2 to hit the­aters on Jan­u­ary 15, 2016. No other infor­ma­tion about the film is avail­able at this time.


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