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Kevin Lima Boards DreamWorks Animation's 'Monkeys of Mumbai'

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July 20, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

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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.

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  • Seriously, 'Ramayana' needs to get the LOTR treatment. It's an epic story and would make an amazing fantasy movie!
    • Rey
      yeah, that's a freaking awesome idea!!!
    • DinoRango
      And its just a matter of time. If you look at some of the lesser fascinating characters like 'Arjuna' in Ramayana, the characters skill in using a bow and arrow betters Legolas (LOTR) in many ways. Not to mention the sheer grandness in the story. Agreed, I second you thought.
  • Suresh3dartist
    Its only a matter of time for hollywood to put their hands on Ramayana.. It has got everything for them to do so...  Its huge ( It cannot be told in 1 movie for sure) .. lots of characters.. and so much fantasy stuffs..  and It would open up a whole new world for the hollywood ..   My guess is.. its only a matter of time..   - suresh  
  • Anonymous
    Wasn't James Cameron working on an indian deity story like this? About a Monkey God?
  • Rey
    cool

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