Genndy Tartakovsky, the guy behind Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack has signed up with Orphange Animation Studios to put together five feature films produced in the $50 million-$75 million range.
Although best known as a visual effects boutique, the Orphanage plans to open a completely new animation facility with a separate production pipeline. Its plan is to produce its first feature animated film by late 2007 or early '08, though that date is subject to Tartakovsky and the Orphanage finding a studio partner to release the film.
When the man behind the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro series is given $50 million to put together an actual movie, you can be pretty damn sure it'll be awesome. And not run of the mill awesome, but so awesome your eyeballs will literally catch fire. I don't know how, but it's going to happen. Trust me. I'm an expert when it comes to eyeballs catching on fire.