Animated Film ‘Tangles’ in the Works of Monarch, Point Grey, Lylas, Giant Ant – Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: Monarch Media, Point Gray Pictures, Pictures of Lylas and giant ant team up to produce an animated feature film based on Sarah Leavittacclaimed memoirs, Tangles: a story about Alzheimer’s disease, my mother and me.

The synopsis of Leavitt’s 2010 graphic novel is as follows:

When Alzheimer’s disease begins to strip away her mother’s vibrant personality, a headstrong young woman is forced to return to her eccentric family in the conservative small town she recently fled in order to care for herself. She quickly realizes that she must accept the cruel and distorted reality of the disease – and the flawed beauty of her family – in order to become the daughter they need.

The Tangles The film will be directed by Giant Ant principal Leah Nelson. Vicky Patel, Steve Barnett and Alan Powell will produce via Monarch Media, along with Seth Rogen via Point Gray Pictures and Lauren Miller Rogen via Lylas Pictures.

Patel, Rogen and Miller Rogen are longtime Alzheimer’s disease activists, having been touched by the disease in very personal ways. Patel’s late father was diagnosed with the disease in 2003, inspiring him to become one of the nation’s top fundraisers for brain science research. This year she received the Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award from the Alzheimer Foundation, one of the organization’s highest honors. Miller Rogen lost his grandmother, grandfather and mother to illness. After his mother was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 55, Miller Rogen and her husband founded the non-profit organization Hilarity for Charity, to involve more young people in raising awareness and l educating others about brain healthy living. Hilarity for Charity has raised over $18 million to date, supporting family caregivers, brain health education and prevention research.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make this unique and special film,” Nelson said. “When I read the graphic novel, I was blown away by Sarah Leavitt’s ability to tell her story with such honesty and bold creativity and I knew she had to come to life on screen. I I was fortunate to work with the teams at Point Gray and LYLAS Pictures who devoted so much time, care and attention to this project and wholeheartedly supported my creative vision.With Monarch Media now supporting the project, we have a team of people who are not only committed to world-class storytelling, but who ensure that we do justice to this remarkable story.

“I am incredibly excited to see this project go into production. Working with Giant Ant, Point Grey, and LYLAS Pictures on the adaptation has been such a wonderful, collegial process,” Leavitt said. “I am honored by the thought and attention that everyone involved has given to this story that is so personal to me. I am especially moved by how well Leah understood this story and how well we have worked together over the years.

“When we founded Monarch Media two years ago, it was with exactly this kind of project in mind,” Patel added. “To be able to tackle a subject that is so personal to me, to be able to bring this incredible novel to life so that others can enjoy it and learn from it and to do it with such wonderful partners as Lauren, Seth and Leah, is incredibly fulfilling. .

Giant Ant is an Emmy-winning animation studio based in Vancouver. Co-founded by Nelson, he is known for working with a global list of clients including Apple, Cartoon Network, Airbnb and Warner Brothers, creating a wide range of entertainment and advertising work.

Monarch directors Barnett, Powell and Patel have teamed up to launch the film and television production company in 2020. The trio are currently in post-production on something herea musical previously known as Untitled Florida Georgia Line Project, and are gearing up to shoot the Barnett-directed thriller a valiantwith Chase Stokes and Lana Condor, as well as Road to Bethlehemwhich will be led by Prom‘s music producer and executive producer, Adam Anders. Previous Credits Include Netflix Feature A week away.

Point Gray Pictures is a production company launched by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in 2011. The company behind Prime Video’s Emmy-nominated series The boys is currently in production on the spin-off Generation Vset in America’s only college for young superheroes, as well as the CGI remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount and Nickelodeon. He is currently in post-production on two films for Lionsgate: The Horror Thriller Spider and that of Adele Lim (boobies rich asian) as-yet-untitled first film, starring Ashley Park, Sherry Cola and Stephanie Hsu. He will also produce an untitled series directed by Jason Woliner for Peacock, as part of his overall deal with Lionsgate.

Founded by filmmaker Miller Rogen and producer and manager Jen Ray to tell women’s stories, Lylas’ credits include Focus Features For a good time on the phone… and the Netflix Original Movie as father, which was written and directed by Miller Rogen. The company is currently developing a slate of feature films and TV shows with partners including Buzzfeed, Point Gray Pictures, Elevate Entertainment and Desert Whale Productions, having also developed projects with Hello Sunshine, Lionsgate, The CW, The Tannenbaum Company and Temple Hill.

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