Sony Pictures Animation Announces a 'Medusa' Comedy on the Way
by Ethan Anderton
June 6, 2014
Sony Pictures Animation has found success with animation director Gendy Tartakovsky, who made a name for himself behind cartoon's like "Samurai Jack" and "Dexter's Laboratory." Now another animation director from Cartoon Network's early past is getting a crack at a feature film now too. Lauren Faust has directed 29 episodes of "Powerpuff Girls" and is best known for recently rebooting "My Little Pony" on television, and Sony Pictures Animation has announced that she will be at the helm of an animated comedy called Medusa, from a pitch from Antz co-writer Todd Alcott and reality TV producer Holly Golden.
Plot details weren't up for grabs, but as you might have guessed, the film will offer a completely new take on the snake-headed woman from Greek mythology. Faust herself says:
"Todd and Holly's version of the tale of Medusa is filled with so many of my favorite ideas to work with: magic, mythology, humor and strong, funny, extremely relatable characters. I was excited by the idea of showing the comedy behind an otherwise horrific monster, and I was really drawn to the writer's unique re-imagining of Greek mythology.
In our story, we meet Medusa as a young human, who, like so many of us, is overwhelmed with trying to fit a certain mold to please others. Her resulting popularity ticks off the wrong Goddess who turns her into the snake-haired monster we all know and fear. Medusa sets out on a quest to reverse this curse with the help of a goofy team of oddball and misfit mythological creatures who help her learn that what makes you different is, in fact, what makes you strong.”
Sony Pictures Animation president of production Michelle Raimo Kouyate says, "Medusa will be a clever, heartfelt animated comedy about a girl who’s having the ultimate bad hair day." It sounds like there's a lot of potential for an animated film to really nail a female audience, much like the revisionist fairytale Maleficent. And it's even better with women behind the camera and co-writing the script. Medusa as a comedy is certainly original, and we'll be interested to see if Sony Pictures Animation has something as great as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on the way.