DreamWorks drops Me And My Shadow from schedule

News Simon Brew
6 Feb 2013 - 06:32

DreamWorks jiggles its release slate, as it delays the release of Me And My Shadow...

It's been a bumpy few months for DreamWorks Animation. Firstly, the terrific Rise Of The Guardians unexpectedly struggled at the box office. The film's just about made it over the $100m line at the US box office, and has pulled in another $200m outside of America. But it's not been the size of hit many, including ourselves, expected it to be. It's a real pity: it's one of DreamWork Animation's best films, and its Oscar nominations snub is equally puzzling.

The film's financial performance has inevitably had an impact on DreamWorks' bottom line. But so now has the decision to release two films this year, as opposed to the previously announced three. The terrific looking The Croods is next up, with snail racing feature Turbo due in the summer. But the studio has decided to push back the release of the promising-looking Mr Peabody & Sherman from a November 2013 release slot to March 2014. It's argued that this is a "more advantageous" release window for the film.

However, it looks as if the catalyst for the move has been problems with the studio's previously-announced March 2014 release, Me And My Shadow. That movie has been removed from DreamWorks' release slate altogether for the time being, and finding a space for it again anytime soon - given that the studio has announced dates through to 2016 - will be a challenge.

All that's been said at the moment is that Me And My Shadow is returning to development. We hope that the studio remains committed to the film though, as it comfortably sounds like one of the most interesting movies it's announced. The film was to use a hybrid of hand drawn and CG animated techniques, with Allesandro Carloni directing. The previously announced story for the film was that it'd dig into the world of people's shadows. Bill Hader has been signed up for voicing duties.

Given that the film has dropped off the schedule altogether, we do wonder - and this is pure speculation - if DreamWorks may go with an entirely-CG approach to the movie. We'll keep you posted as we hear more about it.

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