Directing duo Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta have been recruited to work on the upcoming Warner Bros fantasy adventure.
The two filmmakers are currently in post-production on The Last Hijack, which combines animation and real footage to tell the story of a young Somali pirate preparing for what might be his last mission. It is set to premiere in Berlin’s Panorama Dokumente section next month.
The Incredible Mr Limpet, a remake of a 1964 movie that Richard Linklater is set to direct, is also set to combine live action and animation. Wolting and Pallotta have already begun working on design and animation for the project.
It reunites Pallotta with Linklater after the pair worked together on live action/animation hybrids Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.
Wolting said: “Tommy showed [The Last Hijack] to Richard Linklater, who we’ve collaborated with previously. Richard loved the animation technique that we used.”
There are few more details about the Limpet remake but The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis will reportedly play the lead character.
The Last Hijack, sold by The Match Factory, is produced by Submarine (Netherlands) and coproduced by Savage Films (Belgium), Razor Films (Germany) and Still Films (Ireland).
Wolting ran Rotterdam’s Exploding Cinema programme from 1994 until 2002 and founded Amsterdam-based production company Submarine with Bruno Felix.
She is currently producing new Peter Greenaway feature Eisenstein In Guanajuato. In Greenaway’s movie, Elmer Bäck plays Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein who, aged 33, travels to Mexico where he falls in love with a young guide. The film is currently shooting.