According to Don Groves, a Sydney based reporter for IF
, the producers of Aussie animated feature "Trouble Down Under" have secured funding for their film, and its sequel, from Donna Bennett and Mehal Rockefeller.
The film will be produced by Aussie Tony Findlay (who also wrote the story) with Frank Miniaci from Fastlane Entertainment.
The project is expected to be completed by November 2015.
According to Groves, the 3D animation is budgeted to cost $50 million, making it the largest non-studio, independently financed Aussie film ever.
Australian director Steve Trenbirth is already on board, as is a stellar cast, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Rove McManus, brothers Cameron and Andrew Daddo, Dave Hughes, Tony Bonner, Gary Sweet, Dan Mor and Josh Lawson.
Set in the Australian outback, Trouble Down Under tells the story of a mob of African meerkats who cause tension with the local kangaroo mob after a white wallaby shows up and causes confusion.
Production will begin early next month in a brand new CGI animation studio built specifically for the project in Sydney.