Rabins and Finkelman Cox Join Original Force

China’s Original Force has launched a feature division and hired Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox (former heads of Sony Pictures Animation) to serve as co-presidents of a new LA office. They are in production and three animated features and the company plans to produce at least one major CG feature film every 18 months.

Original Force is currently in production on Duck Duck Goose, the story of a high-flying but grounded bachelor and two orphans, directed by Christopher Jenkins (Home, Surf’s Up) from a screenplay by Jenkins and Rob Muir. Finkelman Cox and Rabins are producing with Viola Chen.

Original Force is also in pre-production on OldZilla, written and directed by Bob Bendetson (The Simpsons), and co-written with Art Everett (Married… With Children). King Saurus, the self-proclaimed “Lord of the Stomp,” is unwilling to admit Father Time is nipping at his heels.  He wears a scale toupee and spends his days watching newsreel footage of his past destructions.

Another Original Force project in early production is QQ Speed, a co-production with Tencent Holding Ltd., based on the most popular online racing game in China.  John Eng (Rugrats Go Wild) is set to direct.

Original Force has an active development slate that includes Where The Mountain Meets the Moon, based on the Newberry Honor Book by Grace Lin, and Riding Giants, to be adapted by Greg Johnson from his original manuscript.

Marketing expert Peter Adee, who formerly was president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting with Original Force on the launch of their initial titles.

Established in 1999 by president/founder Harley Zhao, Original Force has become a CG leader of state-of-the-art gaming and TV animation for Disney,DreamWorks Television, Sony, Tencent, Activision, and Electronic Arts, among others.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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