Mikros Image to lead digital animation on Paramount and MGM title.

Gnomeo and Juliet

Sir Elton John’s Rocket Pictures has appointed French animation and VFX outfit Mikros Image (Asterix: The Land Of The Gods, Transporter franchise) to lead digital animation on upcoming Paramount and MGM sequel Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes.

The animation will be handled between Mikros Paris and a new Mikros Animation studio in London.

John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the detective animation which is produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw (Gnomeo & Juliet), Carolyn Soper (Tangled) Sir Elton John (The Lion King) and David Furnish (Gnomeo & Juliet).

Eric Leighton is animation director, Karen de Jong is the production designer, and Freddy Chaleur returns as VFX supervisor. Rob Stevenhagen is heading up the story team.

Last year, Johnny Depp was reported to be joining the film’s returning voice cast of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.