Granat, Reel FX form Bedrock Studios

11:07 AM PST 03/17/2010 by Borys Kit, AP

Animated feature 'Turkeys' is its first project

Cary Granat's Granat Entertainment is teaming with Reel FX, the company run by former ILM exec Ed Jones, to form Bedrock Studios, with the aim of developing and producing franchise films in the range of $35 million and under.

The company also hopes to produce content for TV, publishing and digital media.

Granat and Jones have been quietly working for months on the venture, slyly acquiring and developing material and is now hitting the ground running,

It is in preproduction on its first project, the animated feature "Turkeys," has tapped Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson to voice star as two turkeys who discover a time machine and travel back to the first Thanksgiving to take themselves off the menu. Ash Brannon ("Toy Story 2") is directing while John J. Strauss and David I. Stern wrote the script and are producing. Luke Wilson is also lending his voice, and Peter Farrelly will executive produce the project.

Bedrock has also acquired the screen rights to Madeleine L'Engle's classic young adult fantasy "A Wrinkle in Time" and William Joyce kids book "Dinosaur Bob." "Rats of NIMH," which Granat had set up at Paramount last year, has been folded over into a Bedrock project.

On one level, Bedrock continues the themes that Granat ran with when he ran Walden, which encompassed literary and family-friendly material and marries it with the resources of Reel FX, which made a name for itself producing CG animation for films such as Sony's "Open Season 2," Disney's "The Wild" and providing special effect for movies such as "Enchanted" and "Sin City." It also produced the animated companion piece to "Watchmen," "Tales of the Black Freighter."

Bedrock will continue to operate in the animated and visual effects world, where it counts almost every studio as a clients, and be based out of Santa Monica and Dallas.
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