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Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis Starring in Animated Film From Laika

By Borys Kit

April 25, 2018

Chris Butler, who directed ‘ParaNorman,’ is helming the company’s latest.

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis are set to star in a new movie from Laika, the animation house behind the stop-motion pics Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline.

Laika is partnering with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for the feature, which is simply being titled Film Five at this stage (it is Laika’s fifth movie). Annapurna will distribute in the U.S.

Chris Butler, who directed Laika’s ParaNorman, is helming Film Five, whose plot is being kept under wraps but is described as a globe-trotting comedy-adventure “bursting with humor, heart and a profound message of acceptance and finding one’s place.”

Observers had some doubts about future Laika projects when president and CEO Travis Knight stepped away to direct a live-action Transformers spinoff movie, Bumblebee, for Paramount. But the announcement of the new movie clears those doubts away.

“Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for Laika,” Knight said Wednesday in a statement. “It’s an exciting bridge to our future. Director Chris Butler and the wizards at Laika have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul. Plus it’s really, really funny. It’s a privilege to partner with Megan and her exceptional team at Annapurna to bring this beautiful original story to the world.”

Chris Butler is represented by attorney Rob Szymanski at Eclipse Law.