StudioCanal Discovers Disosaurs in African Jungle

I totally skimmed past this story this morning thinking it was going to be something to do with a big purple dinosaur that sings to kids. I was wrong. Whoops.

With Cannes gearing up, StudioCanal has announced “Dinosaur Project,” which starts shooting this month in South Africa and is yet to settle on a title, represents a new, accelerated approach to developing a vfx-driven movie on a budget.

In November, TV programmakers Sid Bennett and Tom Pridham and producer Nick Hill walked into the London office of StudioCanal with an idea for a movie “about a father-and-son documentary team who discover dinosaurs in the African jungle.

They had an outline, a showreel, a budget, a plan for the vfx and a clear timetable to progress rapidly into production — but no script. StudioCanal took the bait. Budget is under $16 million.

It was a very gettable pitch — what would happen if you went into the jungle and found dinosaurs?” said Jenny Borgars, head of production at StudioCanal’s U.K. arm Optimum Releasing.

The question remains, will it be scary?