'Kung Fu Panda' Director Starting 'Alien Rock Band' at Vanguard
by Ethan Anderton
November 11, 2010
As an animation studio that always seems to be a bit behind the curve, Vanguard Films (the company behind Valiant and Space Chimps) is looking to capture some magic by nabbing Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson for an overall producing/directing deal. The animation company announced the news in a press release earlier this week including a couple projects that Stevenson will helm. The first will have the director starting an Alien Rock Band complete with collaboration from David A. Stewart, the famed musician and producer from the Eurythmics. Find out about all the details on this wacky, intergalactic rock fest below!
The film will follow a garage band from Earth traveling across the Universe to qualify for a shot at super-stardom in an Intergalactic Battle of the Bands. It won't be easy – the band will have to out-shred four-armed alien guitarists, face-down tentacled, punker octo-drummers, and fight snarling alien monsters – with music as its only weapon. Sounds relatively interesting, but once again, Vanguard's previous track record leaves something to be desired. However, since Stevenson delivered one of DreamWorks best animated films outside of the Shrek series, perhaps he can bring them up a couple levels.
In addition to Alien Rock Band, Stevenson is also directing Rotten Island, an adaptation of the book of the same name from William Steig, the same author behind the books that inspired the Shrek franchise. The story focuses on an island where monsters reign free until a beautiful flower changes everything. The book has drawn comparisons to Where the Wild Things Are as being a "glorious nightmare of a book." Both Alien Rock Band and Rotten Island certainly have some potential, so let's see if Vanguard Films can step their game up to starting competing with the big boys in CG animation. What do you guys think?