DQ Entertainment Ireland Limited (DQE) is expanding its production pipeline with the creation of a dedicated feature film division which plans a steady slate of motion pictures in the coming years based on iconic, universally beloved characters and stories.
The first movie green lit from this new division is a $45 million stereoscopic 3D animated feature film based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale The Jungle Book.
Already in pre-production, The Jungle Book producers have tapped an experienced team of top echelon talent from the world of feature animation, including screenwriter Billy Frolick (Madagascar, Holy Cow), co-directors Jun Falkenstein (The Tigger Movie, The Smurfs, Despicable Me,) and Kevin Johnson (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, Astro Boy, Stuart Little), and production designer James Hegedus (Shrek).
he film is being produced by Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman and Founder of DQE.Eric S. Rollman, CEO of Rollman Entertainment, Inc., former President of both Marvel Animation and Saban/Fox Family Productions, with DQE’S Rouhini Jaswal, will serve as Executive Producers.
The Jungle Book is targeting a theatrical release date in 2014. Pre- and post-production will be based in Los Angeles with animation production at DQE’s headquarters in Hyderabad, India.
2011 marked the studio’s first foray into theatrical features with The Prodigies for Warner Bros., Onyx Films and Fidélité Films, France.