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Apple Reportedly in Talks for Cartoon Saloon Feature

Deal with the Ireland-based studio that made Oscar-nominated ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Breadwinner’ would be the tech company’s first for a feature film.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is in talks with Ireland-based Cartoon Saloon to acquire for its upcoming original video offerings its first feature.

The report included no information on the feature in question, other than it has yet to begin to production and would not be released for at least a year.

Cartoon Saloon has produced the Oscar-nominated animated features The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner.

The report says Apple may release the movie theatrically to qualify for Oscars. It is negotiating rights for the U.S. and other territories.

Apple’s entrance into the entertainment world has so far focused on television, with the tech company hiring TV execs and commissioning series for its Worldwide Video service. It’s expected to launch next year.

Cartoon Saloon’s next animated feature is Wolfwalkers, which its website says will be directed by company co-founder Tomm Moore and will begin production later this year.

Source: Bloomberg

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.