Matthew A. Cherry gained the Academy Award for Finest Unique Quick for his 2019 brief movie Hair Love (which he wrote, produced, and directed) and shortly he’ll be increasing on that story in a 2D animated collection on HBO. However that isn’t the one animated venture Cherry will probably be engaged on. The NFL player-turned-filmmaker has now lined up a King Tut film to direct at Sony Photos Animation, which is able to mark the primary animated function movie of his profession.
Selection reviews that Matthew A. Cherry will direct Tut, a movie concerning the Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun that’s being described as “an afro-futuristic, coming-of-age story”. Cherry cooked up the concept together with his frequent collaborator Monica A. Younger (Hair Love, The Final Fall), and “the film will take audiences on a journey through ancient Egypt and celebrate a culture that introduced the world to countless modern conventions and technologies.” I’ve by no means considered King Tut by the lens of afro-futurism, however that seems like a extremely cool, probably eye-opening prospect, and I’m excited to see what Cherry does with that story.
We’ve seen pharaohs in animation earlier than – I’m considering particularly of Brenda Chapman’s The Prince of Egypt – however it’s been a great lengthy whereas since 1998. And contemplating the visible dynamism and tactile textures that Cherry dropped at Hair Love, the prospect of him whisking us again into the world of historical Egypt sounds prefer it might be a chance for him to push the stylistic envelope even farther.
In a press release, Cherry stated that he was “beyond excited to explore the magical world of ancient Egypt through the eyes of its youngest ruler, King Tut. I’ve always wanted to dive deeper into the legend of the boy king and we can’t think of better partners to embark upon this journey with than Kristine Belson, Karen Toliver, and the great people at Sony Pictures Animation.”
Belson, the president of Sony Photos Animation, labored with Cherry on his Hair Love brief and says of this venture: “Matthew has a bold and modern take on this story rarely told, filled with magic, music, and powerful themes — and we’re thrilled that we get to go on this adventure together.”
Outdoors of animation, Cherry has a live-action heist comedy known as The Come Up within the works with Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Jermaine Fowler (Sorry to Hassle You), and the Lucas Brothers (22 Bounce Avenue) lined as much as star.
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