Sydney’s rising fortunes as a film hub continued today with Animal Logic announced as the animation studio for Warner Bros film Lego.
Andrew Stoner, the acting NSW premier, made the announcement at Fox Studios.
According to the announcement, the production will see up to $48m spent in NSW and employ over 200 people. The film is due for release in 2014.
Stoner said: “Congratulations to Animal Logic for beating strong international competition from the US and Canada to secure this major animated film production.”
The film will be written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller – who co-directed 3D animation, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing. Lego Company’s Jill Wilfert will be executive producer with Lin Picture’s Seanne Winslow co-producing.
Mr Stoner added: “Lego will be an innovative film incorporating the latest animation and photo-real techniques which will demonstrate the strength of NSW creative technology skills and enhance the international reputation of Sydney as a film location.”
“Not only will the securing of Lego enable Animal Logic to retain staff through an ongoing work schedule but it will also place Sydney in a strong position to secure further work should sequels be planned later.”
Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian said: “With Lego, Animal Logic continues to develop and produce ground breaking digital entertainment and to build a talent base that’s second to none anywhere in the world.”
“Lego is further testament that Sydney is now established as one of the world’s great digital animation centres.”
The NSW government secured the production for the state’s film industry through the NSW Trade & Investment’s State Investment Attraction Scheme.
The Lego film has been long rumoured. Lego has a history of tying in with films such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones.