Japanese anime giant Toei Animation (One Piece Movie: Red, The first slam dunk) teamed up with Sonic the Hedgehog game designer Naoto Oshima, Shrek2 And The Smurfs writer David N. Weiss and renowned animation producer Joseph Chou (Ghost in the shell, Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim) on the English-speaking animated feature film Hypergalactic.
Weiss will direct Hypergalatic with the story and characters co-created by Oshima and Chou. Toei considers the film its largest CGI project to date. Japanese studio touts success of animated sports dramas The first slam dunkwhich grossed over $279 million worldwide, and One Piece Movie: Redwhich grossed over $246 million worldwide.
Adam Devine, Elsie Fisher, JK Simmons and Sam Richardson have joined the cast of the English-language production. Charades represents worldwide rights and will launch sales at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin next week with Iwashina Corporation founder Kevin Iwashina, an advisor to Toei Animation.
The plot of Hypergalactic follows an adventurous teenager (Fisher) and her little brother in the not-so-distant future, after they free Earth’s forgotten protector, Ohkan (Devine), in the hopes that he can help them find their missing parents. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on a journey filled with surprises, discovering the deeper meaning of family along the way. Hypergalatic is currently in post-production.
Toei’s Yoshi Ikezawa is producing, with executive producers Kozo Morishita, Katsuhiro Takagi and Tim Kwok.
“With Hypergalacticthe very talented game designer Oshima has created a multicultural adventure story of epic scale, combining…