>> New Line Tries Their Hand at Animation

New Line Tries Their Hand at AnimationNew Line is venturing into the animation business for the first time in its 40-year history by acquiring Ilion Animation Studios’ $60 million feature “Planet 51” from Handmade Films International.Written by Joe Stillman (“Shrek”), the story is set on a planet whose inhabitants live in fear of an alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when astronaut Capt. Charles “Chuck” Baker arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, the astronaut has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and return home.

The film is directed by Jorge Blanco and co-directed by Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez, who worked with Blanco on the worldwide best-selling video game “Commandos.”

“Planet 51” is scheduled for completion in March 2009.

New Line plans to release the movie in 2009, backed up with a merchandising push that will involve a video game from Pyro Studios.

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