Lumenas to tell Santa's story

Colin Brady will direct the feature

Salt Lake City-based Lumenas Animation Studios has begun preproduction on "The Legend of Santa Claus," scheduled for a fall 2010 release.

The feature, directed by Colin Brady, will tell the story of Nicholas, a young boy in a remote 19th century fishing village, and is designed as the first film in a trilogy about Santa Claus.

"After scouring archives and vaults throughout the world, we've uncovered some all-but-forgotten history while piecing together our hero's adventurous journey," Lumenas president and CEO Darin McDaniel, said of the project, the first feature from Lumenas, which has a full range of services for visual effects, feature animation and commercial work.

Brady has worked on such Pixar features as "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2" and "A Bug's Life," as well as on visual effects for "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events," "Hulk" and the special edition of "E.T." Tab Murphy, who received an Oscar nomination for "Gorillas in the Mist," is writing the screenplay. Mike Belzer is serving as animation director.