GFM Animation, Threshold Entertainment and Syco Entertainment have announced a new animated feature film ‘X Factor in the Jungle’.

When a karaoke machine is tossed overboard from a sinking boat it lands in a jungle and is seized by a diminutive mouse who is quickly challenged by both a Jaguar and Rhino, who each want it. A sing off ensues to determine who will have it and this attracts a hugeaudience of animals and creatures who demand a song contest open to all.

Written by Emmy Award winning writer Sean Catherine Derek (Batman animated series, Tarzan Jane, Smurfs, Pac-Man) and directed by long-time Disney director Kirk Wise (Beauty & The Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire) and produced by Larry Kasanoff (200 plus movies including Dirty Dancing, Terminator 2, Platoon, Mortal Kombat, True Lies and theme park rides for Spiderman and Avengers). Threshold partner Jimmy Ienner (85 Golden and Platinum albums, multiple Grammys and 2 Oscars) will manage the music collaboration together with Simon Cowell.

GFM Animation Chairman, Guy Collins, said “It’s a great opportunity for GFM Animation to work with such an iconic IP that is known literally worldwide and with Larry, Jimmy and Simon. It promises and will deliver a great cinematic experience for all age groups who love music and fun. The budget will enable top level voice casting and music collaboration fitting for this movie.”

Producer Larry Kasanoff, said “Our team is looking forward to creating this greatmusical blast based on this great TV show that is a true universal hit and workingclosely with Simon – a true legend.”

Simon Cowell said “I have loved this idea since I first was approached by Larry and the team at Threshold and I’m delighted GFM Animation love it too. We all share the same vision for this fun, positive, family-friendly movie and of course I’m equally really excited for the soundtrack too. I’ve always wanted to make animated movies and I plan for this to be the first of many!”

Pre-production will start this year with CG animation starting 2024 for distribution in 2026.


Jon Creamer

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