VANCOUVER — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has tapped visual effects house Cinesite Studios (www.cinesite.com) to provide computer generated animation and digital visual effects for an upcoming feature film based on the The Addams Family. Production is underway at Cinesite, with top talent being recruited to immediately begin working on the feature.
During the course of the production it is expected that over 200 artists, technicians and support staff will be employed to work on the film at the Vancouver studio. Line producer Barbara Zelinski will oversee for Cinesite Studios.
The film will be directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monster vs. Aliens, Sausage Party) and created in Vancouver at Cinesite’s studio on Powell Street. The film will be produced by Vernon, Gail Berman under her banner The Jackal Group and Alex Schwartz. It will be executive produced by Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi. Tabitha Shick, MGM’s executive director, worldwide motion pictures is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House) wrote the screenplay based on the cartoon series, with revisions by Matt Lieberman.
“We couldn't be more excited about our partnership with MGM and their trust in us as a leading animation studio to re-introduce The Addams Family to a brand-new generation,” says Antony Hunt, group CEO. “We’re looking forward to welcoming A‐class talent from across Canada and beyond to join our growing crew in Vancouver.”
Cinesite opened its animation division in Montreal in 2014 and has since completed production on three animated features, The Star (Sony Pictures Animation), Gnome Alone and Charming (3QU Media). The Addams Family (MGM) will be the fourth CG animated feature to be created by the independent digital entertainment studio.