Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit,” “Chicken Run”) has set an exclusive three-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The deal allows the company to attract animation talent from around the globe to work on five projects they have in the works at present, plus any future endeavours into the field.
The aim of the deal is to enough Aardman-produced films in the works to deliver a movie every 18 months to the studio. Those five presently consist of three stop-motion projects and two CG-animated projects – including the previously shelved Dreamworks co-production “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
Aardman and DreamWorks parted ways, breaking up a multi-year, five-picture deal early after Aardman’s CG comedy “Flushed Away” bombed at the box-office last year. The new deal with Sony is said to apparently allow them greater creative freedom, avoiding the need to rush projects out.
Finally, Nick Park has confirmed that another outing for Wallace and Gromit is planned, but whether it be a short or film is uncertain at present.