Having left AMERICAN DOG at Disney, Chris Sanders has found a new directing job on DreamWorks Animation's CROOD AWAKENING, which was written by British comedy icon John Cleese and Kirk De Micco (RACING STRIPES). The project was originally set up at Aardman when DreamWorks had a production deal with the U.K. studio.
The plot of the comedy set in the Stone Age is being kept under wraps. A release date for film has not yet been set.
Regarding the announcement, Chris Sanders states, "I look forward to working with Jeffrey and the other filmmakers at DreamWorks Animation. They have dedicated themselves to a complex and classic craft, but have also proven that they are driven to take it to new places. It is their willingness to break boundaries that makes them unique. I've seen firsthand where they are headed, and I'm excited to be part of it."
DreamWorks Animation ceo Jeffrey Katzenberg commented, "Chris is one of the most inventive and imaginative filmmakers I've ever worked with. His unique storytelling style and sensibility are perfectly suited for CROOD AWAKENING. It is such a pleasure to collaborate with him once again on another exciting project. We are so happy to have him on board at DreamWorks."