Focus Features will back the Tim Burton-produced CGI film, 9. The film will be based on Shane Acker's short of the same name.
The surreal fantasy takes place in a parallel world where humanity is threatened. In the short, a mechanical beast attacks two rag doll creatures as they scavenge the ruins of their world. After witnessing the death of his mentor 5, the rag doll 9 must call on all its courage and confront this vile creature alone. Only through cunning and the use of his primitive technology can 9 hope to destroy the monster and steal the talisman of trapped souls it carries as a trophy.
Pamela Pettler will write the script. Shane Acker will direct.
Burton called Acker's short some of "the most extraordinary 10 minutes of film (I've) ever seen."
Acker stated that he was "inspired by the work of stop motion animation masters Jan Svankmeyer, The Brothers Quay and the Lauenstein Brothers, (he) sought to immerse the audience in a gritty textural world inhabited by creatures composed of fabric scraps and bits of broken machinery."
Click here to read more about the film and its creator, Shane Acker.