The Nut Job director Peter Lepeniotis helmed Gnome Alone for 3QU Media, a feature animation start-up co-founded by John Williams (producer of Shrek and Shrek 2).
3QU is wrapping up a second animated feature, Charming, which has also been acquired for distribution by Smith Global Media. Cinesite’s studio in Montreal animated both features.
“It is a huge coup for Smith Global Media to acquire two highly commercial films of this caliber,” SGM’s Smith said in a statement. “This dual acquisition enhances our company’s position in the marketplace and illustrates our desire to be the home for the most acclaimed independent films worldwide. Charming and Gnome Alone are both terrific family comedies that will appeal to the masses and be supported with a significant level of marketing and advertising.”
Michael Schwartz and Zina Zaflow wrote the screenplay based on a screen story by Rob Moreland and a story by Micah Herman and Kyle Newman. Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy composed the score and wrote an original song for the film, to be performed by Becky G. Josh Peck, Olivia Holt, and George Lopez provide voices, along with Stump and Becky G.
SGM has a multi-year home entertainment agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, including SVOD and tv distribution.