Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart, who together wrote on the upcoming Disney•Pixar film Cars 3, are set to take on A Tale of Momentum and Inertia for Fox Animation Studios, according to THR.
The short it will be based on is from House Special, and has been seen at a number of festivals. You can check out the short in the player below. It’s the 1:10 story of a rock man, trying to keep a boulder from destroying a town.
Carlos Saldanha (Rio) and Maresa Pullman will produce for Bottle Cap Productions. Kameron Gates, who directed the short for House Special will produce as well. Gates has worked in the animation department for King Kong, The Day After Tomorrow and Hellboy. He worked in visual effects for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. He’s also worked in the makeup department for quite a number of productions.
Podell is an actor who’s been seen in films like Behind Enemy Lines, Deep Blue Sea and the soap opera The Young and the Restless. He and his Dartmouth College roommate Stewart have teamed up to write. In addition to Cars 3, they have Seuss on the way, which is a biopic of the famous tongue-twisting children’s writer Theodor Geisel with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
House Special, which produced A Tale of Momentum and Inertia, has quite a history in animation and stop-motion.
Their website states, “Until July 2014, HouseSpecial was known as LAIKA/house. Our House was built on a long and illustrious history rooted in Will Vinton Studios (The PJs, The California Raisins, Dominos ‘Noid). In 2003, Will Vinton Studios changed hands and was acquired by Phil Knight (Nike founder) and re-branded as LAIKA in 2005. LAIKA/house was the iconic commercial arm of LAIKA through 2014 until we spun off (with LAIKA’s blessing) to create our independent studio.”