GFM ANIMATION PARTNERS WITH LARRY KASANOFF’S THRESHOLD ENTTERTAINMENT &SIMON COWELL’S SYCO ENTERTAINMENT FOR NEW ANIMATEDADVENTURE: ‘X FACTOR IN THE JUNGLE’
GFM Animation, Threshold Entertainment and Syco Entertainment have announced a new animated feature film ‘X FACTOR IN THE JUNGLE’.
The movie is based on Simon Cowell’s multi award winning singing competition phenomenon TV series The X Factor. The series has run for 20 years with 178 international adaptations with artists discovered by The X Factor – including artists such as One Direction, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, Olly Murs, Leona Lewis and James Arthur – selling more than 500 million records worldwide, making it the most prolific TV show in history for finding chart superstars.
When a karaoke machine is tossed overboard from a sinking boat it lands in a jungle and is seized by a diminutive mouse who is quickly challenged by both a Jaguar and Rhino, who each want it. A sing off ensues to determine who will have it and this attracts a huge audience of animals and creatures who demand a song contest open to all.
Written by Emmy Award winning writer Sean Catherine Derek (Batman animated series, Tarzan Jane, Smurfs, Pac-Man) and directed by long-time Disney director Kirk Wise (Beauty & The Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire) and produced by Larry Kasanoff (200 plus movies including Dirty Dancing, Terminator 2, Platoon, Mortal Kombat, True Lies and theme park rides for Spiderman and Avengers). Threshold partner Jimmy Ienner (85 Golden and Platinum albums, multiple Grammys and 2 Oscars) will manage the music collaboration together with Simon Cowell.
GFM Animation Chairman, Guy Collins, said “It’s a great opportunity for GFM Animation to work with such an iconic IP that is known literally worldwide and with Larry, Jimmy and Simon. It promises and will deliver a great cinematic experience for all age groups who love music and fun. The budget will enable top level voice casting and music collaboration fitting for this movie.”
Producer Larry Kasanoff, said “Our team is looking forward to creating this great musical blast based on this great TV show that is a true universal hit and working closely with Simon – a true legend.”
Simon Cowell said “I have loved this idea since I first was approached by Larry and the team at Threshold and I’m delighted GFM Animation love it too. We all share the same vision for this fun, positive, family-friendly movie and of course I’m equally really excited for the soundtrack too. I’ve always wanted to make animated movies and I plan for this to be the first of many!”
The film is targeting a worldwide 4 quadrant audience.
Pre-production will start this year with CG animation starting 2024 for distribution in 2026. We are committed to creating commercial, entertaining, independent animated features that families worldwide can enjoy.
GFM Animation Ltd is a production, financing and distribution sales company which has been developing a strong, dedicated animation slate since inception some 7 years ago. The team has proven expertise in guiding productions from development to delivery. Current titles on the GFM Animation slate include Ozi Voice of the Jungle from producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Mike Medavoy that will Premiere screen during Cannes, 10 LIVES featuring the voices of Mo Gilligan, Simone Ashley, Sophie Okonedo, Zayn Malik, Bill Nighy, Jeremy Swift, Dylan Lewellyn, and directed by Chris Jenkins; STITCH HEAD, based on the best-selling books by Guy Bass; and SNEAKS, an animated adventure featuring the voices of Laurence Fishburne, Martin Lawrence, Anthony Mackie Roddy Ricch, Ella Mai, Macy Gray, Swae Lee, and Chris Paul.
Threshold Entertainment makes movies, animated movies and Location-Based Entertainment (LBE) largely based on some of the world’s biggest brands, including
SPIDER-MAN,MORTAL KOMBAT, JUSTICELEAGUE, LEGO, STAR TREK and
– MORTAL KOMBAT(Reboot) – opened #1 at $23M at U.S. Box Office
– BOBBLEHEADS: THE MOVIE – CGI animated starring Cher, Universal Pictures
Threshold’s senior management has, as producers or studio heads:
Made over 250 films, including TERMINATOR2: JUDGMENT DAY, PLATOON, MORTALKOMBAT, DIRTY DANCING and TRUE LIES.
Been awarded close to 100 Gold and Platinum Records, including GUNS ‘N ROSES and PINK FLOYD.
Pioneered leading technological innovations in entertainment, including Morphing (TERMINATOR 2); and the 3D Steadicam(STAR TREK: THE BORG INVASION).
Been profiled in THE NEW YORK TIMES,THE WALL ST. JOURNAL, USA TODAY,
TIME MAGAZINE,WIRED, MAXIM and PLAYBOY and has been featured on CNN, FOX NEWS, ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT, CNBC, THE HOWARD STERN SHOW and more.
Syco Entertainment is one of the world’s leading global music, television and film
production companies, responsible for some of the most successful global entertainment formats.
Syco Entertainment is responsible for some of the most successful global entertainment franchises. Syco’s television assets include Got Talent and The X Factor in addition to America’s Got Talent Super Stars Live residency in Las Vegas. The Got Talent format officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for highest number of adaptations, making it the ‘World’s Most Successful Reality TV Format’. Got Talent has a global reach of more than one billion viewers and airs in 194 territories. Original versions of the Got Talent format are produced in 72 territories worldwide. Local versions of The X Factor have been commissioned in 56 territories, and the format has aired in 178 territories around the world.
red by The X Factor have sold more than 500 million records worldwide, making it the most successful show in history for finding chart superstars. Musical artists discovered from these talent competition series include James Arthur, One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle, Camila Cabello, CNCO, Labrinth, Tokio Myers, Fifth Harmony and Grace Vander Waal, amongst many others. In addition to music and TV, Syco Entertainment also produced the No. 1 global box office hit One Direction: This Is Us, a 3D Concert movie and currently has a number of film projects in development.
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