Lawrence Guterman is creating the adaptation of the Bremen Town Musicians story
World animationNovember 20, 2013 20:22
Lawrence Guterman, who directed Cats & Dogs, is creating a re-imagined version of the Brothers Grimm tale Bremen Town Musicians for Luxor Entertainment.
Luxor, run by CEO Igor Dobrovolsky, is a company best known as a major exhibitor and distributor in the Russian market. While Luxor has also produced some local productions, it sees Bremen as a flagship animation project designed for a global stage.
The folk tale, which is hugely popular in Eastern Europe, centers on a cat, a dog, a donkey and a rooster who are past their prime as farm animals and, after being tossed out, decide to make their way to a town called Bremen to become musicians. Along the way, they come across a house taken over by thieves and adventure ensues.
Guterman, who wrote the script and is directing, has a take that involves the story being a bent comic romance set in 1713, with the King of Bremen demanding his incompetent wizard to search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe ever to perform at his daughter's wedding. The rest of the plot is being kept under wraps.
The Soviet version of Bremen Town Musicians created in 1969 is one of the most popular animation films in Russia. Two years after the cartoon production 28 million copies were released.
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