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Sony Taps Lauren Faust to Direct ‘Medusa’ Feature

Lauren Faust.

Sony Pictures Animation today announced that they’ve acquired an original comedy pitch entitled Medusa from screenwriter Todd Alcott (Antz) and reality TV producer Holly Golden (Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura). More interesting: Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Super Best Friends Forever) is attached to direct.

Faust said in an official Sony statement:

“Todd and Holly’s version of the tale of Medusa is filled with so many of my favorite ideas to work with: magic, mythology, humor and strong, funny, extremely relatable characters. I was excited by the idea of showing the comedy behind an otherwise horrific monster, and I was really drawn to the writer’s unique re-imagining of Greek mythology. In our story, we meet Medusa as a young human, who, like so many of us, is overwhelmed with trying to fit a certain mold to please others. Her resulting popularity ticks off the wrong Goddess who turns her into the snake-haired monster we all know and fear. Medusa sets out on a quest to reverse this curse with the help of a goofy team of oddball and misfit mythological creatures who help her learn that what makes you different is, in fact, what makes you strong.”

It’s important to point out that the film hasn’t been greenlit for production yet, and Sony has struggled more than any other major studio in trusting its directors with original ideas. The studio’s last original film was Hotel Transylvania in 2012, and that film shuffled through multiple directors before settling on Genndy Tartakovsky. The studio’s next two films will be based on existing franchises—Hotel Transylvania 2 and a Smurfs reboot—and the earliest possible slot for another original idea is currently fall 2016 (though that’s likely too early for Medusa). In other words, while this announcement is a positive bit of news, Sony has proven to be a consistently difficult environment for directors to express a complete vision. We’ll have to wait a while longer to see how this project unfolds.

  • Mesterius

    “In other words, while this announcement is a positive bit of news, Sony has proven to be a consistently difficult environment for directors to express a complete vision.”

    So in other words, Sony sounds like the modern-day Disney-Pixar.

    • Noela

      Is Disney-Pixar the modern-day Disney-Pixar?

  • Myst AnimatorX

    Good for her. Here’s hoping they keep the production here, in the states to the fullest extent possible.

  • Inkan1969

    When MLP:FiM first premiered, I immediately wanted to see Lauren direct a theatrical feature based on the show. I really hope that this project gets through and Lauren does indeed get her chance to direct on the big screen.

  • Mike

    The story as presented sounds a bit blasé, but it’s great to see Lauren Faust tapped as a director and I trust her judgment.

  • Ken Coleman

    Am I wrong or are they also working on Popeye with Genndy directing?

    • You are correct. Back in March, Sony announced THREE new Genndy Tartakovsky cartoons — ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ (co-written by TV Funhouse’s Robert Smigel), a CG ‘Popeye’ and an original animated film titled ‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?’

    • AmidAmidi

      Yes, Popeye is being developed, but the only Tartakovsky-directed feature that has currently been greenlit for production is Hotel Tranyslvania 2.

  • Sounds like they’re trying to capture some of Elsa’s box office magic. That’s fine with me. I think it would be a cool story if done right.

  • OdysseyTag

    Don’t know why Maleficent springs up in my mind when I see the title Medusa.

  • Max C.

    With Faust announced, I have hopes for this given her statement and the fact that she is currently the director.

    Then again, every feature-length film Sony’s released without Aardman’s help after Cloudy 1 has disappointed me and they’ve already wasted a respected cartoonist, so I have some doubts.

  • Sandy

    “learn that what makes you different is, in fact, what makes you strong”

    Please. Not again…

    • megadrivesonic

      wait when did it happen the first time dare i ask?

      • Since the dawn of movie making. No scratch that, since the dawn of story telling.

    • Somebody, and that’s why

      Aye. As much as what makes us different makes us strong, and as much as it’s discussed, scociety in general doesn’t give a damn. It’ll never get anybody anywhere they want to be unless they’re the one in a million and that’s when different is good. It’s a good way to be loathed by important people and liked only by people who wouldn’t be potention customers, employers, or spouses.

  • Lazy Student

    At least they are recruiting creative people that couldn’t have access to big projects in the other Hollywood studios, I guess

  • James VanDam

    Sounds Awesome, can’t wait to see it.

  • jonhanson

    Screenwriter, reality TV show producer, animation director.

    Antz, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

    One of these things is not like the other.

  • Crystal

    Something tells me it’s gonna be CGI & celebrity voices, like every single animated movie out there.

    I don’t get what’s so great about TV cartoonists transitioning to movies if it means they kind of lose what makes their work unique. I’m sure Faust likes cartoon VAs as well.

  • ToonWatcher

    I don’t know what to say about this. I’m seeing the same types of stories with every animated movie. Everything stays inside a tiny, kid-friendly, merchandise-selling box. *Sigh*
    That said, I will indeed see it when it comes out.

  • Mitchekie

    My Little Medusa: Mythology is Magic?

    Seriously, though, I love what Faust did with My Little Pony and am interested in seeing what she’d do with a feature-length production. Nevertheless, I can only see this film turning to the generic side like so many other (animated) movies out there, provided it gets greenlit. They hire good/great directors and artists and then don’t give them the freedom to actually help turn the production into something memorable (in a positive way). But we’ll see….

  • George Comerci

    I’m guessing we’ll see it maybe sometime in 2018? A 2016 slot wouldn’t be nearly enough time at all. Curious to hear more about this!

  • Emanuel Alfredsson

    She’s on to become the next Don Bluth. This can be her “Nimh”-moment. Her thing with Mane6 is already her “Dragon’s Lair”, sort of.

  • Eric McInnis

    He will. He’s doing some original film about the imagination I believe. The name escapes me however.

    • Jonathan Wilson

      ‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?’ – working title

    • jonhanson

      Well the original plan was Transylvania, then Popeye and then an Original movie. What’s to stop them from putting him on sequels and any other movie they need someone for until he gets put on a flop or raises a fuss and he’s out the door?

  • Geoff

    Except Medusa was misunderstood, per se.
    Like Maleficent, she was woman scorned, according to legend. But not bya man, but by a jealous rival female.
    Athena was mythology’s biggest bitch

  • Wreck-It Ralph was and is a way better film than Frozen. lol