Kirk Wise has signed on to direct Sunny, the debut animated feature from L.A.-based Enderby Entertainment. With Gary Trousdale, Wise formed one of the most successful directing partnerships in Disney history, responsible for Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Sunny will tell the story of “a boy named Sunny who must learn to control his emotions because his emotions control the sun,” according to Deadline, which first reported the news. The story is by Enderby CEO Rick Dugdale and Darrell Brown of Creative Anarchy, who are also producing. Todd Ireland (Reboot: The Guardian Code, Continuum) is writing the screenplay.
Enderby has produced over a dozen live-action features, including An Ordinary Man and Blackway. It has also launched a television division. The production company was founded in 2006 by Dugdale and Dan Petrie Jr., the latter of whom is executive-producing Sunny with Cam Cannon and Zac Reeder.