Fresh off the theatrical success of Jorge R. Gutierrez’s The Book of Life, Reel FX has signed the director to a multi-year, multi-picture deal. The exact terms and length of the deal were not immediately disclosed, but it was announced that the first film out of the gates in this new deal is an as-yet Untitled Kung Fu Space Western. Gutierrez will direct the feature,as well as write the script with Douglas Langdale. No date was announced for the release of the film.Production will be headquartered at the studio’s Dallas offices.
Jorge Gutierrez says the new film, “…will be a funny mash-up of some of my favorite influences: ‘90s Kung Fu films, Spaghetti Westerns of the ‘60s, and the epic Space Adventures of the ‘70s, ‘80s and today.”
The hero will be one of the galaxy’s most charming outlaws, the leader of a funny, ragtag crew of rebel bandits that are put on a collision course with a legendary villain to determine the fate of the galaxy.
Long an important production house, Reel FX worked with Sony on their Open Season theatrical series. Reel FX announced it’s intentions to produce their own animated features in 2010, and followed on with Free Birds and The Book of Life. IN addition to the aforementioned Untitled Kung Fu Space Western, Reel also has three other films in their pipeline: Giant Girl, Monster on the Hill, and WISH Police.