Mike Disa will helm HOODWINKED 2: HOOD VS. EVIL, the CGI animated sequel to the 2006 box office hit HOODWINKED, for the Weinstein Co and Kanbar Ent. The Weinstein Co. will co-produce and co-finance the sequel with Maurice Kanbars CGI animation studio, Kanbar Ent.
The sequel catches up with Red as she is training in a distant land with the mysterious "Sisters of the Hood." When Red is called back home by Nicky Flippers, head of the Happily Ever After Agency, she pairs up with the Wolf to investigate the disappearance of Hansel & Gretel. Granny and the rest of the gang will be back as well, joined by some exciting new characters.
I am thrilled to be working on this film and with everyone involved, Disa said.
Kanbar and David K. Lovegren will produce, while Eric Robinson, vp of production and development for The Weinstein Co. will oversee the project on behalf of TWC.
Mike Disa most recently was a technical consultant on IDT's animated Rob Zombie film, EL SUPERBEASTO. Prior to that, he was directing the CG version of Seven Dwarves at Disneytoons Studio. A former game designer whose work included interactive games for Sega, including SPIDERMAN and JUMPING JOEY THE ROO, Disa became a top storyboard artist who transitioned into directing with the short, THE ORIGINS OF STITCH, which was distributed with the film DVD of LILO & STITCH. Mike is represented by The Summit Agency.
HOODWINKED opened #2 at the box office over the Martin Luther King four day weekend in 2006, grossing $16.8 million at the box office on 2,394 screens.
Since its launch on Oct. 1, 2005, TWC has released four CG-animated features, including HOODWINKED, DOOGAL, ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES, and were co-distributors with Warner Bros. of the fourth installment of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE franchise. Other upcoming CG-animated projects include IGOR, ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH and CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE.