Director of animated film 9, Shane Acker will direct the highly anticipated film with Julia Pistor serving as Producer while the previously mentioned Shrek writer Josh Klausner, Chris Viscardo and Will McRobb have written a script.
Weta Workshop and toy company Mattel's design them will provide the duties for the film's creative team. The film's finance and distribution have been sold to Cinetic Media and the UTA Independent Film Group.
Speaking to Deadline of the announcement, Shane Acker promised that he won't ruin the film's expectations.
I'm a recent father, with a 20-month old daughter, we lead such busy lives in Hollywood, always running and hustling, but children tend to slow you down a bit and reconnect you with that inner world.
It reinvents your imagination, seeing things through a child's eyes It was transformative for me and that is what inspired me about the possibilities here.
Acker then went to tell of the film's plot; The tale will revolve around a pre-teen boy who has drifted apart from his father. The son is introduced into this world of Sodor, a place his father visited as a child but can't remember. There is a bonding experience.
Producer Julia Pistor has praised Acker's involvement; Shane is a visionary director whose talent for creating new worlds knows no bounds.
He is the perfect creative partner to bring a unique interpretation of the Island of Sodor and Thomas to the big screen. The look and feel of the world and characters will be an entirely new experience.
The Thomas the Tank Engine theatrical film is currently slated for a release date in 2014.
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