Variety reports that Rising India — which, despite its name, is based in the United States, apparently — is teaming up with Unified Pictures to produce and distribute their animated version of Noah’s Ark, the development of which was first announced two years ago.
Rising India is contributing $40 million to the movie’s overall budget, and the actual making of the movie will take place in Los Angeles and Singapore. The companies hope to have the movie ready for a theatrical release in the fall of 2011.
This is but one of several cartoons about Noah’s Ark — whether literal or quasi-allegorical — that are in various stages of development or production right now. Other such films that I have noted here include:
- Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning — Promenade Pictures
- Rock the Boat — Gaumont
- Not the End of the World — Illuminated Films
- Aardvark Art’s Ark — Warner Brothers
At least two Noah-themed cartoons have been released overseas as well, in the last few years, though as far as I know they have not yet come to North America, except for the occasional special screening:
And then there are the seemingly defunct projects that were once being developed by Bill Cosby and Walden Media — to say nothing of recent and proposed live-action efforts like Sold Out!, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Evan Almighty (2007).