TMZ.com reports that The Walt Disney Company has got stolen of director, Robert Zemeckis (Monster House, Forest Gump) from DreamWorks Pictures and they are very close to signing a deal to bring his company, ImageMovers over to Disney in a multi-year agreement.
“Pixar’s output is their output, and they feel that the only way they can keep the quality control where they need it is to keep going at the pace they’ve been going. But [Disney CEO] Bob Iger feels that while Pixar was a good first step into making sure Disney is the preeminent force in animation, it’s only the first step.”
says an insider. Disney is said to like the idea of having animated movies of Pixar quality for half the price of a Pixar made one.
Insiders say that under the terms of the new ImageMovers pact, [John] Lasseter will consult on all ImageMovers productions, leaving the studio to get “Pixar”-like product without meddling with Pixar’s sacrosanct corporate culture. With the move, Disney is clearly aiming to own all areas of animation once again: With Pixar, 3D animation. With Disney Feature Animation, 2D. (As Animation Magazine recently reported, “During a panel at Comic-Con, director Eric Goldberg (“Pocahontas”) mentioned that Disney is developing a 2D feature titled, “The Frog Princess.”) And now, with its new friend Robert Zemeckis, the goal is clearly to own the more-economical motion capture space, too.
says the article. Calls made by TMZ.com to Disney were not returned by their deadline and a spokesman for Robert Zemeckis declined to comment on the talks, however an official announcement could come next week.
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