Sweetland Signs For Sony’s “Familiars”

Doug Sweetland, the man behind Oscar-nominated Pixar short “Presto” and an animator at said studio for sixteen years, is set to make his feature directing debut on “The Familiars” at Sony Pictures Animation reports Heat Vision.

Based on the children’s book by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, the story follow three young wizard apprentices who are whisked away by an evil queen. In order to escape they must rely on their animal companions – an alley cat, a blue jay and a tree frog.

Epstein and Jacobson are writing the screenplay while Sam Raimi and Josh Donen are onboard as executive producers.