Director Patrick Osborne. (Photo:Ricky Middlesworth/©2014 Disney) Director Patrick Osborne. (Photo:Ricky Middlesworth/©2014 Disney)
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‘Feast’ Director Patrick Osborne To Direct Sci-Fi/Fantasy ‘Nimona’

Director Patrick Osborne. (Photo:Ricky Middlesworth/©2014 Disney)
Director Patrick Osborne. (Photo:Ricky Middlesworth/©2014 Disney)

Armed with an Oscar for best animated short, Patrick Osborne will bring Noelle Stevenson’s Eisner- and Harvey-award nominated comic to the screen for Fox Animation. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

Nimona’s sci-fi/fantasy mashup will mark the Feast director’s feature film debut. Stevenson’s tale of a female shapeshifter battling a mad scientist and a corrupt regime of hoverboarding knights is a refreshing and unconventional choice for a mainstream Hollywood animation production, and with Osborne attached, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on. Fox’s last non-Blue Sky animated feature was Reel FX’s The Book of Life, released last fall.

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As reported previously, Osborne, no longer with Disney, is also creating the short film Pearl for Google. Like his Paperman colleague John Kahrs, Osborne is parlaying short-film plaudits into a feature career outside of the Disney umbrella.

Former DreamWorks executive Marc Haimes, who wrote Laika’s next release Kubo and the Two Strings, is attached as screenwriter of the Vertigo Entertainment production. Vertigo is also co-producing the The Lego Movie Sequel and The Lego Batman Movie, and involved in the development of feature film adaptations of Adventure Time and the popular horror anime Death Note.

Nimona began life as Stevenson’s webcomic thesis while a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her other Eisner-nominated comic, Lumberjanes, created with Shannon Watters and Brooke A. Allen, is also in development for Fox.

Watch Cartoon Brew’s interview with Patrick Osborne:

  • starss

    Does Noelle have some years-long deal with FOX or something? Who else can say they got not one but TWO of their own stories adapted into an animated film?

    • jojo

      The “Lumberjanes” adaptation would be live-action.

  • Matt

    So happy for Patrick. His short film “Pet” was just amazing, loved the style of that and “Feast” was amazing as well. Then man understands film and look development. I wish him much success.

  • Steinbeiner

    Noelle’s comic is superb but you’ve got the plot a bit jumbled. Nimona decides that she wants to be the mad scientist’s sidekick/henchmen and doesn’t give him much of a choice in the matter. I don’t remember any hoverboards, but there is a knight known as “Goldenloin”.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Good luck to Patrick! I wish him all the best and look forward to viewing his future projects.
    And that Feast publicity photo above is horrible.

  • Guest

    “Former DreamWorks executive Marc Haimes, who wrote Laika’s next release Kubo and the Two Strings/”

    Mark actually co-wrote Kubo with Shannon Tindle.

  • Steinbeiner

    Ug. I hope they don’t go 3D. Noelle’s style would work so well as a 2D animation.

  • Steinbeiner

    No kidding. It’s becoming quite thing to spot the synopses written by harried publicists without the time or interest to make heads or tails about what they’re publicizing. I like it when they get so confused about characters that they give them a sex change.