LAIKA CEO Travis Knight on the set of ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ which he produced and directed.
Travis Knight, CEO of Portland’s LAIKA Studios, whose fifth and newest stop-motion / CG characteristic, Lacking Hyperlink, opened to a lower than stellar field workplace this previous Friday, has simply signed on to direct The Six Billion Greenback Man for Warner Bros., based on Selection. Mark Wahlberg is connected to star, with Sue Kroll, Invoice Gerber and Steve Levinson producing from a Invoice DuBuque script.
Knight, a producer on Lacking Hyperlink, directed the newest Transformers franchise providing, Bumblebee, launched this previous December, which grossed over $466 million worldwide whereas producing principally favorable evaluations. Knight additionally produced and directed LAIKA’s 2016 Oscar-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings, and has dealt with subtle stop-motion animator duties on each studio movie up till their most up-to-date.
This announcement, coinciding with LAIKA’s disappointing new movie launch, begs the query as to how Knight will proceed to juggle CEO / producing duties whereas growing and directing movies produced at a distinct studio. It exhausting to evaluate whether or not his divided consideration throughout a big portion of the Lacking Hyperlink manufacturing was in any means an element within the studio’s most up-to-date stumble on the field workplace, particularly contemplating the movie has garnered constructive evaluations and phrase of mouth. The movie can be the primary studio launch beneath a brand new distribution take care of Annapurna and United Artists.
The Six Million Greenback Man relies on the traditional TV sequence of the identical title that ran on ABC from 1973-1978, starring Lee Majors as a former astronaut, Colonel Steve Austin, empowered with superhuman power from bionic implants acquired after surviving a horrific crash.
Dan Sarto is Writer and Editor-at-Giant of Animation World Community.