EXCLUSIVE: We hear that Lionsgate has closed movement image rights to supply a hybrid live-action film based mostly on Ubisoft’s Rabbids online game franchise. Mandeville Movies’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman, who have been behind such mega hits as Magnificence and the Beast and Surprise are producing with Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin for Ubisoft Movie & Tv.
The studio and producers are in superior talks with Isn’t It Romantic‘s Todd Strauss-Schulson to direct. Alex Younger from Mandeville will function an govt producer.
The Rabbids video video games has bought greater than 15M models so far and the animated tv present airs in additional than 110 international locations. Rabbids are wild rabbit-like creatures who prefer to trigger havoc and mischief, converse gibberish and yell “BWAH!” each time they expertise adrenaline rushes. They have been initially launched as antagonists within the mid ’90s online game franchise Rayman earlier than occurring to have a profitable spinoff lifetime of their very own. The collection consists primarily of celebration video video games, although different genres have been explored as nicely.
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The present screenplay is being written by Matt Senreich, Tom Sheppard & Zeb Wells, and was revised by Todd Rosenberg, that was beforehand developed at Sony. Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa will oversee growth for Lionsgate.
Strauss-Schulson, who’s repped by WME, three Arts Leisure and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, additionally helmed such pics as New Line’s A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, and the critically acclaimed horror comedy Remaining Ladies.
The deal was negotiated by Dan Freedman. Strass-Schulson’s deal was negotiated by Freedman, WME and Greg Slewett at Ziffren. Mandeville’s deal was negotiated by Freedman, and by Aloni and Stewart Brookman at Hansen Jacobson. I hear that the deal took a yr to hammer out and encompasses even merchandising.