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‘Simpsons Movie’ Director David Silverman To Direct Chinese-Financed Feature ‘Extinct’

China Lion Entertainment will co-produce and co-finance a new animated feature, Extinct, to be helmed by David Silverman, who has previously directed The Simpsons Movie and co-directed Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

Silverman, a seminal figure on The Simpsons since its earliest days as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, is being joined on the project by Simpsons writers Joel Cohen, John Frink, and Rob LaZebnik.

According to Variety, which first reported the news, Extinct is a fantasy film that tells the story of an “adorable species of fluffy animals” called flummels. After a couple of time-travelling flummels discover that they’ve gone extinct in the contemporary era, they travel back in time to save their species from extinction.

China Film has tentatively set a first quarter 2020 release date for the film.

  • Time Travel

    ‘After a couple of time-travelling flummels discover that they’ve gone
    extinct in the contemporary era, they travel back in time to save their
    species from extinction.’
    Wait…I thought China banned time travel films. If so, will this be allowed in China? Or was the ban only for films and TV shows that the Chinese government deemed politically subversive, not on the time travel premise as a whole…?

  • Time Travel

    Just an addition to my previous comment: According to this source, the ban was on time travel in TV shows, not film or literature.
    http://travel.cnn.com/shanghai/life/chinas-new-ban-time-travel-274122/
    But according to this, the ban was not in effect for theatre and literature.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-bans-time-travel-films-177801

  • skent

    Good luck to him! I hope it turns out well.

  • Dave 52

    Wasn’t Silverman supposed to direct a Live Action/CGI Pink Panther movie? I wonder what happened to that. Anyways, hope this project turns out good because it does sound interesting.

  • Bell System

    If the reason for extinction is Climate Change caused by Capitalism and the way to save the species is for the Flummels to turn Socialist my worst fears will be vindicated. But good luck to him.