Kevin Lima Boards DreamWorks Animation's 'Monkeys of Mumbai'
Towards the beginning of the year, we learned that Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours composer A.R. Rahman was working with Godspell and Wicked writer Stephen Schwartz for a DreamWorks Animated musical called Monkeys of Bollywood. The film was said to be set in Mumbai and follows two monkeys who try to stop an ancient demon from conquering the world. Well, now Heat Vision says Enchanted helmer Kevin Lima will now be sitting in the director's chair for the project which now has the working title Mumbai. Lima worked in animation before with Disney's Tarzan, so this is a bit of a homecoming for him.
Interestingly enough, the film is a bit of a reunion of people who worked on the enjoyable Enchanted. Not only did Lima work with Schwartz on that Disney film which lovingly sent up all their animated princess fairytales, but producer Chris Chase is also involved this time around with Monsters vs. Aliens producer Lisa Stewart boarding as well. Though the story is original, the Hindu epic poem The Ramayana apparently inspired the project. Wikipedia says the poem "depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king." Unless you feel like Madagascar counts, this would be DreamWorks Animation's first attempt at a musical, so we'll see if they can shake a stick at Disney.