The upcoming animated film Darkmouth is loading up on talent. It’s the first cartoon by studio Alcon Entertainment, which previously produced Point Break (the remake), The Book of Eli, and other well-known live-action movies.
They apparently took all that movie money and hired some real heavyweights to ensure Darkmouth’s success, as reported by THR.
David Pimental, the head of story for Moana, is attached to co-direct with Douglas Sweetland, whose resume includes Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Toy Story, and the criminally underrated Storks.
The screenplay is by Lloyd Taylor, a veteran Disney writer who contributed to Enchanted, Race to Witch Mountain, and Pigeon Impossible.
As for Darkmouth itself, it’s based on a popular series of tween books that take place in a small modern-day village. The main character is Finn, who inherits the mantle of Legend Hunter. In other words, he has to fight mythical creatures that enter our world. Probably not to make friends.
Irish author Shane Hegarty wrote Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin and its sequels. The first two are available on Amazon in the US, and one more that hasn’t yet made its way across the pond. The books are well-regarded as entertaining if not life-changing, with Kirkus Reviews calling them “Ghostbusters meets Percy Jackson as written by Terry Pratchett.”
Hey, I like all those things! The world needs more funny fantasy stuff.
Alcon hasn’t released any details about the film, including casting or release date. All we have to go on it’s the author’s claim that “there will still be more secrets to come”. And this book trailer.
The studio is clearly doing its best to make a splash with Darkmouth. Whether it will be enough to chip away a piece of the market from DreamWorks, Disney, and Illumination remains to be seen.
“I can’t wait for the next Alcon movie!” Does that roll off the tongue?