Gang of Seven Announces $100m Animated Film Fund
Already boasting a stable of artists that makes other studios green with envy, Gang of Seven Animation (aka G-7 Animation for those of you in the know) will now have a serious pile of scratch to go along with their impressive roster, thanks to a partnership with the Chinese government.
Tom Tataranowicz, a veteran of the animation industry and the big cheese at G-7, dropped the information yesterday, as well as what some of the plans were to do with this funding. Aside from a film reboot of the 90's television series "Biker Mice From Mars," Gang of Seven Animation is also currently working on CGI animated versions of Frankenstein and the graphic novel Freak Show. Legendary illustrator Bernie Wrightson is currently tagged as production designer on the latter project.
It certainly looks like some serious entertainment will be rolling out from G7 Animation in the near future. Stay tuned!
From the Press Release
Gang of Seven Animation, headed by animation industry veteran Tom Tataranowicz, has announced a new $100m Animation Film Fund in partnership with the Chinese Government.
One of the first films slated to be financed through the fund is a re-boot of the 90's popular animated television series and merchandising phenomenon, "Biker Mice from Mars," which was successfully syndicated around the world and ran from 1992-1996 and again with new episodes in 2006-2007.
Gang of Seven (G-7 Animation) is a long established artist run studio. With a membership roster of such animation industry notables as Rich Arons, Dennis Venizelos, Bob Kline, Rik Maki, Bernie Wrightson, Dick Sebast and other accomplished associates. They collectively have over 20 Emmys amongst them. Recently, they have completed pre-production on their theatrical feature length CGI animated The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, based on the classic book by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.
"The potential of Feature Animation in unexplored genres outside of the mainstream is an exciting prospect. As evidenced by the recent Comic-Con, the appetite is enormous and it is an expanding niche begging to be filled," says Tataranowicz.
Amongst its properties, G-7 Animation has also developed a slate of widely anticipated animated horror properties with which a number of studios and live action horror maestros are looking to become involved. Two of the properties are the first CGI animated version of Frankenstein and a film based on the graphic novel Freak Show, which G-7 Associate Bernie Wrightson is anticipated to become involved with as Production Designer.
Wrightson is one of the world's premier horror illustrators whose many famous accomplishments include Swamp Thing and illustrating Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. He is also renowned for his film production work on movies such as Ghostbusters and The Mist as well as for his numerous collaborations with Stephen King, illustrating such of the author's properties as Creepshow, The Stand and The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla."
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