Cinesite is recruiting talent for its first feature with producers China Lion Film and HB Wink Animation. The CG feature animation, Extinct, will be produced at the Cinesite studio in Montreal.
The film will be directed by David Silverman (The Simpsons, Monsters Inc.) and is an adventure-comedy written by Joel H Cohen, John Frink and Rob LaZebnik (The Simpsons). The story involves a species of fluffy animals, called “Flummels”. When two flummels are transported into the present day, they learn that their species has become extinct, and they must travel back in time to try to save their race.
Production is underway at Cinesite Montreal, with talent being recruited to immediately begin work on Extinct, which is scheduled to be distributed globally in the first quarter of 2020. China Lion Film is financing and co-producing alongside HB Wink Animation. At the peak of production, it is expected that over 125 artists, technicians and support staff will be employed to work on the film at the Montreal studio.
“We are delighted to be working with our partners at China Lion and HB Wink on the production of  Extinct,” said Montreal COO Francois Sansregret. “This feature will benefit from the considerable investment we have made and continue to make in our infrastructure and proven animation pipeline over the past 5 years. We look forward to working together to bring the flummels to life and create an amazing movie.”
Extinct is the fifth CG animated feature to be created by Cinesite  and will be based in Montreal and sit alongside the remaining untitled 3QU Media project and several others in various stages of development. Cinesite has The Addams Family (MGM) in production at its Vancouver facility.

Jon Creamer

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