Announced this week during the Annecy International Animation Festival, Dreamworks Animation has announced that its new feature film “Orion and the Dark” is set to premiere on Netflix in 2024.
Charlie Kaufman, famed “Being John Malkovich” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” scribe, wrote this adaptation of Emma Yarlett’s book.
Set outside of Philadelphia in the 1990s, the story follows Orion (Jacob Tremblay), an anxious young boy who is afraid of the dark.
Then, the living embodiment of his worst fear, ‘The Dark (Paul Walter Hauser) visits him to prove there is nothing to fear in the night. Orion must decide if he can learn to accept the unknown and embrace the joy of life.
Producer Peter McCown says, “It features Charlie Kaufman’s stuff” as well as an illustrated, hand-drawn look to portray various characters including Dark, Sleep, Quiet, Insomnia, Dreams, and Unxplained Noises.
“Trolls World Tour” storyboard artist Sean Charmatz makes his directorial debut with the McCown-produced film produced by Bonnie Arnold and Walt Dohrn.
The announcement comes as Dreamworks Animation has both “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken” and “Trolls Band Together” on the way shortly.