Roland Emmerich Sets First Animated Feature 'Lost Amazon'

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Roland Emmerich

The 'Stonewall' director will executive produce the film following the quest of a jungle tribe's aspiring warrior.

Roland Emmerich is to executive produce his first animated feature, Lost Amazon, to be produced in Canada in 2016 by Dan Krech’s Awesome Entertainment.

Jason Moring's Double Dutch International has picked up the worldwide sales rights to Lost Amazon, and has started shopping the indie to international buyers at AFM. Kirstin Winkler (Stonewall) is also executive producing, with Krech producing.

Lost Amazon portrays Yano, son of a village chief in the Amazon jungle, who is eager to prove he can be a warrior, even though he is often a laughing stock for tribe members.

Yano, his spirit animal and a poisonous dart frog then become responsible for the village warriors when they are kidnapped by aliens, as the trio tries to save the tribe and the Amazon forest from ultimate destruction.

"Roland has been a pioneer in big budget visual effects films, and to be working with him on his first venture into feature animation is special," DDI's Moring said in a statement. Besides Stonewall, an indie drama about the historic 1969 gay riots in New York, Emmerich's movie credits include White House Down, Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow.