Skydance and Paramount Pictures announced Monday that original animated musical fantasy Spellbound, which Paramount Pictures has committed to co-finance and release globally, is now slated for November 11, 2022. The announcement marks the continued expansion of the decade-long partnership between the storied Hollywood studio and David Ellison’s prolific media company, which now encompasses feature film, animation and television.
Skydance Animation’s first original feature film, Luck, will be released domestically on February 18 2022, with a worldwide rollout to follow.
“Luck and Spellbound create rich worlds and compelling characters that we know will resonate with audiences everywhere,” said Holly Edwards, President of Skydance Animation. “It’s incredibly exciting to see our team of legendary creatives working around the clock and across the globe to bring these pictures to life.”
Spellbound, set in a world of magic where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two, reunites director Vicky Jenson (Shrek, winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and Academy Award-nominated Shark Tale) with her Shrek producer David Lipman, who has recently joined the project.
Spellbound is written by Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin (Mulan) and Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), whose work has earned her an Olivier Award, a Tony Nomination and the designation of Writers Guild of America West’s Animation Writers Caucus lifetime achievement honoree.