Critics rejected Ratchet & Clank, audiences avoided it like the plague, and even one of the film’s main screenwriters tried to diminish his involvement in the project. But everything has worked out pretty well for the film’s director Kevin Munroe, who’s helming a new feature-length project, Troll: The Tale of a Tail.
Titled The Zhou Rao Kingdom for the Chinese market, the project originates out of China with Canadian and Norwegian co-production partners. Like Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 3, Troll will have two versions, one with animated characters speaking in English and another speaking Chinese. This doesn’t mean that the characters will be dubbed, but rather that the lip sync and facial expressions will be animated twice to match the language being spoken.
First-time director Kristian Kamp will co-direct with the veteran Munroe, who also helmed TMNT, the 2007 theatrical reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Dreamworks veteran Eric Lessard, an animator on Dreamworks’ Shrek and Madagascar series, is on board to supervise the animation.