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DreamWorks Animation teams up with Blumhouse Productions for ‘Spooky Jack’

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DreamWorks Animation is teaming up with Blumhouse Productions to produce a family-friendly, scary animated feature tentatively titled Spooky Jack. Blumhouse Productions is best known for low-budget horror films such as the Paranormal Activity series and The Purge; Spooky Jack will be the studio’s first venture into animated territory.

What we know at this early stage is that the film will follow three siblings who move into a new house. Here they discover that the make-believe monsters everyone tells children aren’t real, actually are. And they’re as afraid of humans as humans are of them.

Some of the possible creatures we’ll be seeing include the classic monster under the bed, leprechauns, Bigfoot, the Boogeyman and the Chupacabra. DreamWorks Feature Animation Group president Chris deFaria teased that the film will include creatures from folklore stories across he globe.

Damon Ross of DreamWorks Animation is set to produce the film, with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions as executive producer. Robert Ben Garant, known for the first two Night at the Museum screenplays, is set to write the script based on his original idea. Interestingly enough, Blumhouse Productions initially intended for the film to be a live-action production, but it never quite took off. DeFaria had been looking to create a scary, yet family-friendly movie ever since his work on Warner Bros.’ Corpse Bride in 2005, so when he reached out to Blum, it was a perfect match.

There is no word yet on a release date, but hopefully we’ll be hearing more soon about what promises to be a touching, dark, and comedic animated tale.

(via Deadline)

What do you think about Spooky Jack? Are you interested in the premise?

Edited by: Morgan Stradling

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  • Manuel Orozco

    Maybe a first look in the next year or so can make up my mind about this!

  • Yellow

    Well, the premise sounds interesting enough.

  • “DeFaria had been looking to create a scary, yet family-friendly movie” So it’ll kind of be like Monster House? Hmmm…

    • Manuel Orozco

      I liked Monster House. I only saw it once since comedy with horror elements isn’t my cup of tea. The trailers gave me the impression we could be in for a little something else. Only to find there was more than meets the eye. In fact in terms of the three films that were nominated in 2007 at the Oscars and Golden Globes, Monster House was on par with the original installments of Cars and Happy Feet respectively.

      • That movie creeped me out as a kid. It is a somewhat underrated film IMO.

    • That movie creeped me out as a kid. It’s a somewhat underrated film IMHO.

  • Jeremiah

    ” Here they discover that the make-believe monsters everyone tells children aren’t real, actually are.”
    “And they’re as afraid of humans as humans are of them.”
    Some cliches just keep getting more cliched.

    • Amber Dvorak

      I know, that description had me instantly thinking of Monsters, Inc. I’m hoping this film will go with a different type of monster and overall style to keep it feeling somewhat fresh. I think a similar premise can be used if the story is told differently enough.

      • Manuel Orozco

        It’s hard to see Monsters Inc similarities but what the story needs is a fresh new approach to stand out.

      • Jeremiah

        It’s a Monsters Inc, Hotel Transylvania, and Boxtrolls sandwich with a little Monster House mayo. (Not to mention it’s been done in a lot of cartoon shorts). Where did the awesome Dreamworks go, Amber?

        • Manuel Orozco

          Like all four movies equally.

          • Amber Dvorak

            Can’t wait for HTTYD3!!!

          • Manuel Orozco

            Me too. I like both previous installments equally and I have faith the next one will try to keep the Series quality consistent and bring Hiccup and Toothless story out with an emotional bang and the decade with it.

    • Based on that premise, it also means that the movie will not really be scary.

  • Jordan Briskin

    This movie sounds so derivative of past films, it makes me ill…

  • I feel indifferent toward this. The plot’s meh, so it’ll depend on the execution
    as to whether this movie will be good or not.

  • Reading through this, I don’t really have any excitement for it since the plot seems so generic and forgettable.

  • SO, Hotel Transylvania crossed with Monsters inc. yay?