Forget Jurassic World, the king of prehistoric pics could well end up being Nick Park. The main man at Aardman Animations has decided to take the director’s chair for the first time in a decade for stop-motion flick Early Man.
“Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the Earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day,” as the studio puts it.
Aardman will again team up with StudioCanal, the collaboration that brought us the staggeringly smashing Shaun the Sheep The Movie, with screenwriters Mark Burton and John O’Farrell on script duties and the British Film Institute also acting as a partner. If Early Man is to emulate the success of its predecessor, it will need to top the UK box office and make profits to the tune of £13m.
StudioCanal Chairman and CEO Oliver Courson said: “I’m thrilled to partner again with the Aardman team. All of us at StudioCanal are such fans of everything that Aardman does.” We hear you Olly. Whether it’s Shaun the Sheep, the Creature Comfort ads, or Wallace and Gromit, chances are we’ve all been touched by the world of Aardman at some point in our lives. Those lucky people down at the Cannes Film Festival last week were first to hear the news. Park himself is evidently enthused:
“I’m very excited to be making this film with such great partners – StudioCanal and BFI. And with the support of the incredible teams at Aardman – bringing this incredible bunch of cavemen to life is going to be a hilarious adventure!”
Aardman have been churning out the best of British animation for the best part of four decades, but this one could turn out to be a megasaur – Jurassic World, you have been warned!