Apple is close to a deal for an animated feature film

“Apple Inc. has decided on its next Hollywood act: making feature films,” Anousha Sakoui, Mark Gurman, and Lucas Shaw report for Bloomberg. “A deal is near for the rights to an animated movie as part of its upcoming slate of original video offerings, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple is in talks with Cartoon Saloon, an Ireland-based, Oscar-nominated animation studio, said the people, who asked not to be identified speaking about private negotiations.”

“The movie has yet to be made and is more than a year from release, but Apple has been in talks to buy distribution rights for the U.S. and some other countries, the people said,” Sakoui, Gurman, and Shaw report. “It’s unclear how Apple plans to make the movie available, but a theatrical release, necessary to qualify for Academy Awards, is possible, one of the people said.”

“Last year, Apple hired TV industry veterans Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to build an in-house studio. The two executives got a budget of at least $1 billion to spend in a year, people familiar with the plans told Bloomberg previously,” Sakoui, Gurman, and Shaw report. “Cartoon Saloon is based in Kilkenny, Ireland, and has three Academy Award-nominated animations: Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner and Song of the Sea, a 2014 film based on Irish folklore.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Gorgeous, brilliant films all, especially Secret of Kells which, if you haven’t yet seen it, should go on your watch list right now.

16 Comments

    1. Almost by definition, it isn’t money wasting if it turns a profit. Not long ago, the Tim Cook critics were bashing the lack of a compelling reason to buy Apple TV and iTunes content. Meet the latest reason.

    2. Agree on the lack of focus.

      Let’s fine tune and bring back Apple branded pro software, MacPros, routers and displays and make them top notch, best out there.

      Then concern yourself with a cartoon movie that may or may not pay off …

      1. if apple had the best upgraded computers for sale across all lines they would make even more billions per year, but a “cartoon” will bring in maybe a million or two pipeline is seriously out of touch

  1. 10 years ago, went back to college to get a teaching certificate. Walked past a lounge every day with tv’s tuned to cartoon shows. The lounge was filled with vacant eyed slack jawed cartoon watchers. When I walked back through after the class, NOTHING had changed, same people, same eyes and slack jaws. Will never forget it, and wonder where they are now.

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