Leo Matsuda, director of the Disney short Inner Workings, has sold two feature film projects to Dreamworks Animation.
The first project is Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, an adaptation of the children’s book by Frank Cottrell-Boyce . Cottrell-Boyce, who is also a screenwriter of films like Hilary and Jackie, Welcome to Sarajevo, and The Railway Man and is writing Kensuke’s Kingdom for animation, is set to write the script, and Matsuda is attached to direct.
The story is about a kid named Prez who is learning to adapt to his new foster family when he meets Sputnik, a kid who looks like a dog to everyone except Prez. Soon, Prez learns that Sputnik is an alien, and they must work together to save the Earth from destruction by coming up with ten reasons why the planet should be saved.