Sony Pictures Animation Gains 'Instant Karma' with Fantasy Comedy

April 28, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

Instant Karma

It seems kind of ironic that a project called Instant Karma picked up by New Line Cinema back in 2003 because anything but a quickly put together project, but that's Hollywood for ya. However, Heat Vision reports the project has life again with Sony Pictures Animation picking up the fantasy comedy about a misguided safecracker from New Orleans who dies but suddenly finds himself reincarnated as a fly. As the hero does good deeds to improve his karma, he moves up the food chain through a variety of animals, such as a frog, raccoon and dog, trying to get back to his human body and the woman he loves.

This sounds a little bit like The Incredible Mr. Limpet (which has a remake in development with Richard Linklater potentially at the helm). Honestly, the story sounds intriguing, but I wish it wasn't a live-action CG hybrid. Sony Pictures Animation has actually impressed me with their feature length animated films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Surf's Up, so I think they could get by just fine with animation only. However, the project has been gestating for a long time at various studios like Universal and DreamWorks, so maybe we should take what we can get.

The script comes from Sky High writer Paul Hernandez who is also set to make his feature directorial debut with what will be a live-action/CG hybrid project. Also helping the project this time around will be Pirates of the Caribbean writers and producers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Apparently the most closely came together at New Line with a voice cast that included Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Mira Sorvino, Eartha Kitt and Gene Wilder, but its unclear if any of those talents (with the exception of the late Kitt who passed away in 2008) could still be involved. Stay tuned. Interested?

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I don't think you have a NEAR death experience and become reincarnated. Pretty sure you have to die first.

Scott Ezell on Apr 28, 2011


I'm more partial to Fluid Karma.

Xerxexx on Apr 28, 2011



A5J4DX on Apr 28, 2011

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