Antony I Ginnane to co-produce CGI film Stonerunner

Veteran Australian producer Antony I Ginnane is one of the key creatives behind a new local CGI animated feature film.

Ginnane, the former Screen Producers Association of Australia president, is in a joint venture with Accent Media’s Peter and Caroline Campbell, and Rodney Whitham and British film company GFM Films on Stonerunner.The film, set on a future Earth, is to be directed by Australian Steve Trenbirth, who helmed Jungle Book 2, The Legend of Secret Pass and worked across many other Disney films.

It is written by Melbourne-based Paul Western-Pittard.

Ginnane, who has produced or executive produced over 66 films including 1978 thriller Patrick and its current remake as well as Last Dance and Arctic Blast, introduced the film and Peter Campbell to GFM Films at Cannes Film Market this year.

GFM’s Michael Ryan said the film had potential to be a cross-platform hit.

Ryan said: “We were all quickly taken with the story and script of Stonerunner and could see its transmedia applications to video games, apps and potential TV spin-offs. The early visual imagining of the characters and backdrop is superb and we feel the movie will be a strong audience puller for the 9-15 age group and family audience.  Based on our judgement of likely distributor response to the material we recognised financing and distribution opportunities for us to partner with the producing and financing team.”

Ginnane said: “It’s extremely exciting that GFM have recognised the box office potential of Stonerunner and have come on board. We saw their success with Planet 51, and believe that this success can be replicated with this distinctive piece. Director Steve Trenbirth will bring us humour, action and excitement on a grand scale.”

GFM Films will be the film’s international sales agent.

Stonerunner is expected to be delivered in 2014 with casting expected from both top Australian and international actor.


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