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Reel FX Reteams with ‘Book of Life’ Director Jorge Gutierrez

Gutierrez’s untitled Kung Fu Space Western joins studio’s growing development slate.

Reel FX Animation Studios, the company behind the Golden Globe-nominated The Book of Life, has entered into a multi-year, multi-picture deal with the film’s writer and director, Jorge R. Gutierrez. 

The first animated feature under the deal will be an untitled Kung Fu Space Western, which Gutierrez will direct from a script he is writing with Douglas Langdale. Reel FX's Brad Booker will produce the film. Gutierrez and Chatrone LLC will also produce alongside Booker. Sandra Equihua will oversee the character design. Gutierrez has moved to Dallas to work on the project out of Reel FX’s studio.

The untitled Kung Fu Space Western joins Reel FX’s growing development slate, which includes Monster on the Hill, based on the book by Rob Harrell, written by Matt Lieberman; Giant Girl, based on a pitch by Reel FX story leads Bob Logan and Paul Fisher; and WISH Police, based on a short story by Daniel Nayeri, written by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, with Headless Productions attached to direct. 

“At Reel FX, we are building a home for creative filmmakers to bring their ideas to life,” said Reel FX CEO Steve O’Brien. “We are excited to partner with Jorge once again as we build on our success with The Book of Life.”

“Our heartfelt film will be a funny mash-up of some of my favorite influences: ‘90s Kung Fu films, Spaghetti Westerns of the ‘60s, and the epic Space Adventures of the ‘70s, ‘80s and today,” Gutierrez added.

The untitled Kung Fu Space Western centers on one of the galaxy’s most charming outlaws, the leader of a funny, ragtag crew of rebel bandits that are put on a collision course with a legendary villain to determine the fate of the galaxy.

Reel FX launched its feature length development and production slate in 2010 after almost 20 years of experience as an award-winning one-stop studio for the creation of animated content. The studio’s first full length animated feature film, Free Birds, was released in November 2013 grossing over $110 million worldwide. Its second feature, The Book of Life, was released in October 2014 and is still in the midst of its international run. Reel FX also recently started a virtual reality division, Reel FX VR, dedicated to the creation of virtual reality content. The division will focus on client work for major studios and commercial agencies as well as content needs for Reel FX’s original films.

Source: Reel FX

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.