FilmNation has announced its first animated feature: A science fiction re-imagining of Chaplin Chaplin’s 1921 film “The Kid”.
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt will co-helm the currently untitled project with Christian Volckman (“Renaissance”).
Boris Starling (BBC’s “Messiah”) is writing the script with Volckman and Wyatt with the story inspired by the characters and themes from “The Kid”.
The original 1921 silent film stars Chaplin’s tramp who finds an abandoned baby and raises him. Years later, this kid (Jackie Coogan) has become his partner-in-crime and crosses paths with his true mother.
Though the announcement doesn’t say anything specific about the plot, quotes from the producers indicate that the mother and child will be switched out for a boy and the robot he created.
Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Clement Calvet, Jeremie Fajner, Lilian Eche and Christel Henon will produce through French animation outfit Superprod (“Song of the Sea”), Luxembourg’s Bidibul and U.S. banner Big Beach (“Little Miss Sunshine”).
The three companies are currently in production on an animated adaptation of Jack London’s “White Fang”. “The Kid” is being developed with the support of Chaplin’s family who owns the rights to the original film.