Ah, this isn’t good. Ever since DreamWorks Animation was taken over by Comcast, Universal Pictures’ parent company, its many projects in development have been under scrutiny. And now it seems that Universal has been making decisions as to which to let go. Sadly, Larrikins is one of them.
Larrikins was a project that Tim Minchin had been working on for DreamWorks Animation for the past four years, and in a post on his website, he revealed that “a couple of days ago, the animated film to which I’ve dedicated the last 4 years of my life was shut down by the new studio execs.” It’s unclear whether Universal would sell the project on to another interested party to bring it to fruition, but in our limited experience of such things, that’s not too likely.
Minchin was co-directing the film with Shrek’s Chris Miller, and the voice cast had already recruited Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver. Furthermore, this was a production heading towards its end stages. The film was due in cinemas in February 2018, and while Universal hasn’t officially confirmed its cancellation, Minchin’s post leaves little room for doubt.
Really sad news, this. We hope that Larrikins can be resurrected somehow.