In a wide-ranging conversation, Appelhans explains why he ended up making the feature in China, rather than through the U.S. studio system, and reflects on what it means to be an American telling a story rooted in Chinese culture.
The proposed feature is set to be directed by Maggie Kang and Chris Appelhans, and produced by Aron Warner.
The streaming platform has announced five features, two specials, and one limited series for the next 12 months.
The film will be the first to come out as part of Sony Pictures Animation’s new international initiative.
Genndy Tartakovsky features and a new “Boondocks” series are part of Sony’s new alternative animation division.
The Chinese/American co-production is aiming for a 2019 launch.