In this edition of SYFY WIRE's Development Roundup, the Trolls sequel now has a title, FX adapts a dark fairy tale novel for grownups, and Mandalay Pictures has optioned a script about a 3D-printed man. So let’s get to it, shall we?
First up, DreamWorks Animation has announced the title for the Trolls sequel. The follow-up to the animated comedy-adventure starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake will be called Trolls World Tour.
Trolls World Tour picks up where the first film left off. In Troll Town, everything is awesome (oops, wrong franchise) …or rather, it’s all glitter and happiness (better?) until Queen Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that there are other Troll worlds beyond their own, each defined by a different genre of music. So, when a mysterious threat puts all the Trolls across the land in danger, Poppy, Branch, and their band of friends must trek through unfamiliar terrain to unite the diverse Trolls against certain doom.
The film’s cast includes returning cast members Kendrick, Timberlake, James Corden (Biggie), Caroline Hjelt (Chenille), Aino Jawo (Satin), Ron Funches (Cooper) and Kunal Nayyar (Guy Diamond), who are joined by newcomers Sam Rockwell, Chance the Rapper, Anthony Ramos, Karan Soni, Flula Borg, and Jamie Dornan. The film, produced by Gina Shay, is directed by Walt Dohrn and co-directed by David P. Smith.
Trolls World Tour is slated for a spring 2020 release.
Up next, FX is going into the tall dark woods by adapting Victor LaValle's fairy tale novel The Changeling for television, accordign to The Hollywood Reporter. Kelly Marcel (Venom, Fifty Shades of Grey, Terra Nova) is attached to write the script. Annapurna Television is producing.
Described as a fairy tale for grown-ups (hmmm…that sounds familiar), LaValle's 2017 novel The Changeling is set in a New York no one knew existed and focuses on Apollo Kagwa and Emma Valentine’s journey to find out what happened to their son who was taken from them. They travel through enchanted islands and haunted woods, where they encounter witches, demons and racist cops. They also deal with such modern-day perils as technology and social media, toxic masculinity, the mental health of new parents, and a harrowing political climate.
And finally, Mandalay Pictures has optioned Charlie 3D, a screenplay by Scott Speer about a 3D-printed man and his quest for love and identity. Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay will produce, while novelist Tommy Wallach will provide the screenplay with a production polish, Deadline is reporting.
Production is expected to start later this year with Speer (Midnight Sun, Step Up Revolution) directing.