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.