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'Madagascar' Spin-Off to Be Helmed by 'Bee Movie' Co-Director (Exclusive)

The DreamWorks project will highlight the wily penguins from the animated comedy.
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The DreamWorks project will highlight the wily penguins from the animated comedy.

Simon Smith, who co-directed DreamWorks Animations’ Bee Movie, had been tapped to direct the animation house’s untitled Madagascar spin-off starring the penguins.

Also coming on board is Lara Breay (Megamind), who will produce.

DWA put the movie project into fast-track development in March, hiring Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the writers behind DWA's Will Ferrell-voiced Megamind, to pen the script  focusing on  the paramilitary parables of plucky penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico.

The quartet are the secondary but scene-stealing characters of the Madagascar movies. 

The project is still a ways a way from casting anyone.

Smith is a DWA animator who has slowly but surely risen through the ranks. He was head of layout for the company’s Antz and Shrek, and a layout consultant on Shrek 2 before directing the Shrek 4-D animated attraction which is part of the Universal Studios theme park. He also directed two video shorts that were DVD extras on DWA releases: the Shrek-themed short Far Far Away Idol and Megamind: The Button of Doom.

The Jerry Seinfeld-centric Bee Movie, released in 2007, was co-directed with Steve Hickner.

 

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