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Netflix Announces Its First Animated Feature – America: The Motion Picture – And It’s Rated R

Netflix is taking another major step forward in the animation world with the announcement that it will finance an original animated feature film of its own. The streamer isn’t playing around either; they’re making a strong statement by making the first film an adult-oriented R-rated animation project.

Netflix is going to make America: The Motion Picture directed by Matt Thompson, a partner in Atlanta’s Floyd County Productions, the current producer of Archer. Thompson was also co-creator of the Adult Swim series Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo.

The project is described by Deadline, which first reported the news, as an “R-rated revisionist history tale about the founding of the country.” Channing Tatum will voice the lead, George Washington.

Screenwriter Dave Callaham wrote the film. His credits include The Expendables and the forthcoming Zombieland 2, and he is the showrunner on Amazon’s upcoming Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, Son of Zorn, 21 Jump Street) are on board as producers, along with Will Allegra, director of development at their production company, Lord Miller. Thompson’s partner in Floyd Country, Adam Reed, is also producing, as is Callaham, Tatum, Peter Kiernan, and Reid Carolin.

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