Sony Germany pitches in for 'Yoko'
Yeti tale set for production this summerSony Pictures in Germany has signed on for a duet with "Yoko," the new live action/animated feature from Blue Eyes Fiction, the makers of hit German children's film "Lilly the Witch."
"Yoko" the family-friendly story of a playful Yeti, is set to go into production this summer with a likely 2012 release date. The budget is estimated to be in the lower double-digit millions.
"For this film, because of the technical difficulty of designing realistic-looking hair, we needed to go to real sfx experts," Blue Eyes managing director Martin Husmann told THR.
Sony has experience bowing German product locally. Sony release "Friendship!," a German comedy set just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, has already grossed some $15 million in just four weeks.
"Lilly," a Walt Disney release in Germany, grossed about $8.5 million in that territory alone. Telepool has sold the title to some 46 countries worldwide. Disney will bow the second "Lilly" film in Germany in January 2011.