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A cute fox is plucked by a spaceship and becomes part of a cosmic adventure. Classical animation based on Michel Gagné's graphic novel.
A cute fox is plucked by a spaceship and becomes part of a cosmic adventure. Classical animation based on Michel Gagné's graphic novel.
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Next Step: Feature Film

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Happy New Year, everyone! It's been a while, so I thought I'd bring everyone up to date on what's happening with Rex. After finishing the short film last July, I entered negotiations with a renowned Belgium studio called Grid Animation. We recently signed the contract and today the following press release was issued. Thank you all for helping to make this happen!

The Saga of Rex Sets Course for Belgium to Become an Animated Feature Film

Grid Animation, Belgium's premier animation and visual effects company, has acquired the option to create the feature film version of Michel Gagné's graphic novel, The Saga of Rex. Production is expected to start in the summer of 2014 with Gagné attached as director. The animated film will be a European co-production with main production taking place in Brussels.

The Saga of Rex was initially serialized over a period of 6 years, from 2005 to 2010, in the acclaimed comic anthology, Flight. It was compiled and published as a graphic novel in 2010, by Image Comics. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Gagné was able to produce four minutes of animation demonstrating the potential of bringing the story and imagery to animation.

"Years ago, I discovered The Saga of Rex in Flight, and I immediately loved it," said Mark Mertens, Managing Director for Grid Animation. "After the Kicktarter campaign, I contacted Michel to inquire about the rights for the movie. I was thrilled to discover that they were still available."

Since 1995, Grid has been providing services such as 3D, 2D, VFX, and set supervision for advertising and film production companies from facilities in both, Ghent and Brussels, Belgium. More recently, they started organizing complete productions for advertising and corporate assignments, as well as acting as a co-producer for international animated films. Last year, they were awarded "Animation Producer of the Year" by Cartoon Forum.

"I'm extremely excited about the prospect of working with Grid Animation and have access to the amazing European talent pool," said Gagné. "With a proper budget, and an inspired team to help me fulfill my vision, my dream of making an animated feature film that is a poetic work of art is now closer than ever to becoming a reality."

Michel Gagné is a veteran filmmaker, animator, comic artist, author and video game designer with over 25 years of experience. He was awarded a BAFTA (British Academy Award) and an Annie Award in 2010 for his video game, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.

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Comments

    1. Creator Dustin Carpenter on January 9, 2014

      Wow, amazing news! Congratulations :D

    2. Creator S J Bennett on January 8, 2014

      Felicitations, Michel!

    3. Creator Avery Beckett on January 7, 2014

      That is SO COOL ... Congratulations! Very happy to hear this news!

    4. Creator gavin kusters on January 7, 2014

      Congrats dude!

    5. Creator Pink-Pummy on January 7, 2014

      Fantastic news! The kickstarter achieved what it was meant for then :)
      Huge congratulations to you and everyone involved! It's like a dream come true. Now the waiting starts! Best of luck wishes in this incredible production

    6. Creator Home drawn Studios on January 7, 2014

      Awesome news! Appreciate the heads up about it. I thought it was going to be a while away but this is like a wish come true. I glad the kickstarter trailer project has opened the door to this feature production. Loads of success to you Michel!

    7. Creator Angela Wommack on January 7, 2014

      That's incredible news! My girls will be so excited to hear this!!! Congratulations :-)

    8. Creator Sant Arellano on January 7, 2014

      That's awesome!! Huge congratulations!

    9. Creator Angela Wommack on January 7, 2014

      That's incredible news! My girls will be so excited to hear this!!! Congratulations :-)

    10. Creator Charlotte Grant on January 7, 2014

      Congratulations! :D This is really exciting news! Looking forward to it :)

    11. Creator Tyrel Pinnegar on January 7, 2014

      That's fantastic! Few things make me happier than seeing an artist I admire succeed.

    12. Creator steve Vredenburgh on January 7, 2014

      Great news! I look forward to seeing the completed feature.

    13. Creator Jake Parker on January 7, 2014

      So EXCITED to hear this! Congratulations!! Can't wait to see this finished.

    14. Creator Tyler Sticka on January 7, 2014

      Woo-hoo! :D

    15. Creator Harry Bastard on January 7, 2014

      Congrats! Can't wait to see a Rex feature!

    16. Creator Mighty Yeti on January 7, 2014

      Congrats Michel!