Bedrock backs Andrew Adamson banner
'Shrek' director, Aron Warner sign multi-year dealBedrock Studios, the new family entertainment company run by former Walden Media topper Cary Granat and ex-ILM executive Ed Jones, has signed a multiyear deal with "Shrek" principals Andrew Adamson and Aron Warner and their new banner, Strange Weather Films.
The deal calls for the pair to develop and co-produce, with Bedrock, franchise-oriented films that Adamson will direct and/or produce. Warner will act as producer on those pics.
Bedrock is funding Strange Weather, giving Adamson and Warner a discretionary fund to acquire and develop projects. Bedrock also will "develop character design, environments and early visualizations, research and development on all of Strange Weather's projects."
Strange Weather will be based out of Bedrock's Santa Monica offices and serve as a launching pad from which emerging directors can flourish while being mentored by Adamson and Warner. Jeffrey Fierson will serve as the head of development for Strange Weather.
"Ed and I ... will do all we can to support Strange Weather in becoming an industry leader and a real shining light in the entertainment industry," Granat said.
Warner headed animation house PDI, which became DreamWorks Animation under Jeffrey Katzenberg. Warner cemented his relationship with Adamson when Adamson wrote and directed "Shrek" and "Shrek 2"; Warner was a producer on both films.
"Shrek" launched DWA and captured the first Oscar in the animated feature category. The pair acted as exec producers on the third and recent fourth installment of the franchise.
When Granat ran Walden, he gave Adamson his live-action break with "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which he directed and co-wrote. Adamson co-wrote and directed the sequel, "Prince Caspian."