Since winning the Oscar five months ago for Feast, Patrick Osborne has been on a hot streak that has garnered him both an animated feature and short film directing gig. Now, he can add a live-action/CG hybrid film to the mix.
A report by the Tracking Board revealed that Osborne has signed on to helm Paramount Pictures’ comic adaptation Battling Boy. Based on a graphic novel by Paul Pope, Battling Boy has been in development by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment since 2008, with numerous scriptwriters taking a stab at the story about a 12-year-old demigod who must battle monsters and demons in the world of Acropolis. Here is a trailer that was done for the release of the comic:
Osborne, who started as an animator on films like Surf’s Up, Bolt, and Tangled, before directing Disney’s Oscar-winning Feast, is also slated to direct an animated adaptation of Noelle Stevenson’s comic Nimona for Fox Animation. According to the Tracking Board’s report, Osborne will direct Nimona before tackling Paul Pope’s idea. While it hasn’t officially been announced that Battling Boy is a live-action film, the development history of the project suggests that it is.
Osborne is also directing the interactive short Pearl for Google’s Spotlight Stories.
Watch Cartoon Brew’s interview with Patrick Osborne about Feast: