Blue Sky Studios, the Greenwich, CT-based animation production company responsible for the hugely successful Ice Age films as well as others like Rio and the upcoming Epic, is moving ahead on two new projects, according to a report by Coming Soon.
The first one, about which not much is known, is called Anubis, and is billed as a loose adaptation of the book, “The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights," by Bruce Zick. The film has been given a release date of July 15, 2016.
The second feature, Ferdinand, is an adaptation of the 1936 children's book, "The Story of Ferdinand," by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. Ferdinand is a bull who doesn't want to fight in the bullfighting arena like so many of his brothers, but instead just wants to smell the flowers. A beloved classic, Walt Disney Pictures made an animated short out of the story in 1938.
The book is being brought to life by Rio and original Ice Age director Carlos Saldanha with an initial release date of April 7, 2017.