'Night Mary' lands at Animal Logic

Company nabs rights to the mystery/horror graphic novel

LOS ANGELES -- Animation and effects house Animal Logic is planning to make a live action hybrid movie based on "Night Mary," a graphic novel by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer.

The Sydney- and LA-based company previously responsible for "Happy Feet," said that it had secured the rights from San Diego's IDW Publishing, which publishes "Transformers" and "CSI" books.

The story follows a misunderstood teenage girl who becomes involved with one of her father's sleep disorder patients who is revealed as a serial killer.

The picture is at an early stage of development with no director or talent attachments. It is set to be produced by Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian with IDW's Ted Adams and Circle of Confusion's David Alpert and Rick Jacobs as executive producers.

"We look forward to this being the beginning of a long-term relationship as Animal Logic moves into developing and producing a wider range of films, outside of its core digital animation slate," Nalbandian said. "'Night Mary' is a fantastic property that will enable us to collaborate with innovative writers and directors, to tell a great story and deliver ground breaking design."

Animal Logic was previously involved with "Moulin Rouge," "300" and "The Matrix," and is currently in production on animated feature "Guardians of Ga'Hoole," by "300" director Zack Snyder which is to be distributed by Warner Bros. Circle of Confusion is in production on the animated feature "Shaolin Cowboy" and in post-production on "Saint John of Las Vegas."

-- Pip Bulbeck in Sydney also contributed to this report.