Toronto-based companies Tayrona Films Inc. and Arc Productions have aligned for a multi-picture co-production partnership to produce four animated feature films, Tayrona president James Ordonez and Arc president and chief operating officer Jeff Young announced Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group brokered the deal.
Tayrona Films Inc. simultaneously announced that it will create Tayrona Animation, which will finance and produce four films with Arc Productions, who will additionally produce and serve as the animation studio for the feature films. The plan calls for Tayrona and Arc to each contribute two films to the slate deal.
The first film is intended to be The Legends Of The Underzoo, an Arc Productions property, based on a screenplay by Kevin Almeida and Jeff Treppel. The action-adventure story follows a group of animal cubs, who — when their zoo is threatened — set out to find the treasure buried in the legendary and mysterious Underzoo.
Tayrona Animation is developing its properties Darwin: A Galapagos Story and Aurora The Spirit Bear Of The North, both written by best-selling author Erik Daniel Shein, as part of the co-production deal. The fourth co-production film is yet to be determined. Tayrona Animation will also release the 3D animated feature Legend of Secret Pass in Latin America and Spain.
Arc Productions has served as the animation studio on five animated feature films, including Gnomeo And Juliet and 9. The announcement furthers Arc’s transition into developing and producing original content. Arc is additionally co-producing its original property ORMIE with Alcon Entertainment.