Sanders gets 'Crood' for DWA

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Embarking on his first outing with DreamWorks Animation, Chris Sanders is set to helm the upcoming CG-animated feature "Crood Awakening."

The screenplay, described as a comedy set in the Stone Age, was written by John Cleese and Kirk De Micco.

DreamWorks plans to release "Crood" in stereoscopic 3-D as well as 2-D. This reflects DWA's intention to produce all of its films in stereoscopic 3-D technology starting in 2009, which was announced this month.

"Chris is one of the most inventive and imaginative filmmakers I've ever worked with," DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said. "His unique storytelling style and sensibility are perfectly suited for 'Crood Awakening.' It is such a pleasure to collaborate with him once again on another exciting project. We are so happy to have him on board at DreamWorks."

"I look forward to working with Jeffrey and the other filmmakers at DreamWorks Animation," Sanders said. "They have dedicated themselves to a complex and classic craft, but have also proven that they are driven to take it to new places."

Sanders joins the studio with a list of family film and television credits, most recently as a writer-director of the Walt Disney Co.'s "Lilo & Stitch." He served as a story writer on Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," and as a writer on "Mulan." De Micco's credits include "Racing Stripes."

DreamWorks' original announcement of plans to produce "Crood" was made in 2005 with Aardman Animations, which at the time had a five-picture deal with the studio. That relationship was severed in late January after three releases: "Chicken Run," "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and "Flushed Away."

A release date for "Crood" has not been set.

Sanders is repped by WMA and Peter Nichols of LGNA.
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