French Studio Mac Guff To Produce ‘Around the World’
A $20 million, English-language adaptation of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in Eighty Days is being sold at the Cannes film market. Studiocanal (Paddington, Early Man) is handling film sales.
Written by Gerry Swallow (Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ratchet & Clank), the film, titled Around the World, is an animal-centric adaptation of the Verne novel, with a marmoset and a scheming frog attempting to accomplish the feat.
Currently in pre-production, Around the World will mark the feature debut of director Samuel Tourneux, who earned an Oscar nom in 2008 for the short Even Pigeons Go to Heaven. Cottonwood Media is producing the film, and French animation studio Mac Guff Ligne will handle the animation. (Mac Guff is not to be confused with Ilumination Mac Guff, which is another studio owned by Universal that animates all of Ilumination’s animated films like The Grinch and Despicable Me films.)