Global Screen Picks Up ‘The Amazing Maurice,’ Based on Terry Pratchett’s Novel (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 10/22/2019 | Leo Barraclough
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Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights, excluding North America, the U.K. and German-speaking territories, to the English-language animated feature “The Amazing Maurice,” based on a Terry Pratchett novel.

The screenplay has been written by Terry Rossio, Oscar-nominated for “Shrek.” Rossio’s credits also include the animated movie “Aladdin” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Carter Goodrich, who worked on “Ratatouille,” “The Croods” and “Despicable Me” is on board for the character design. The director is Toby Genkel, who directed hit animated movie “Ooops! Noah Is Gone.”

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Global Screen will start preselling the film at the AFM with a script and promo in place. The film is planned to be ready for delivery in 2022.

The film is based on “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents,” one of Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels, which have collectively sold more than 90 million copies. It is inspired by the Grimm’s fairy-tale about the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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It centers on Maurice, a streetwise cat, who has the perfect money-making scam. He’s found a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe, and his very own horde of rats – rats who, strangely, are educated and literate, so Maurice can no longer think of them as “lunch.” When Maurice and the rodents reach the stricken town of Bad Blintz, their little con goes down the drain. For someone there is playing a different tune. A dark, shadowy tune. Something very, very bad is waiting in the cellars.

Ulysses Filmproduktion’s Emely Christians and Cantilever Media’s Andrew Baker and Robert Chandler are producing, with Roddy...
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