Scott Christian Sava is partnering with China’s Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co. and China Film Co. Ltd. on animated feature Animal Crackers. The film, about a family whose life is turned upside down when they inherit a rundown circus and a mysterious box of animal crackers, is being produced by Sava’s Blue Dream Studios.
Sava is co-directing with Tony Bancroft (The Lion King) and co-writing it with Dean Lorey (Arrested Development). George Lee and Marcus Englefield from Storyoscopic Films, James Thomason, and Leiming Guan are on board as producers. Wenhua Dongrun’s Mu Yedong, China Film board chairman La Peikang, and Landmark Asia’s Sam Chi are executive producing. Chinese co-producers are Han Lei and Wu Panpan.
Jaime Maestro (The Smoke Seller) has been tapped for overseas director for Blue Dream Studios Spain. Harry Mok, Michael Favelle, Nathalie Martinez, and Taylor Huang round out the team as exec producers.
Odin’s Eye Entertainment will be handling international sales.