Michael Dougherty is Calling All Robots


Michael Dougherty has teamed with Walt Disney Pictures and Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers on Calling All Robots, an animated sci-fi adventure the screenwriter plans to direct using the same type of performance capture technology recently deployed to produce Beowulf.

The Hollywood Reporter says Dougherty will write the project with Breehn Burns and Simeon Wilkins, who will serve as artists and visual designers on the project. The trio conceived the idea together.

Details of the project are being kept under wraps, but it uses performance capture to “tell a story that’s a throwback to old Godzilla movies,” Dougherty said. “I grew up watching Godzilla movies. This film is very much rooted in those movies.”

ImageMovers’ Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce.

The producers are readying A Christmas Carol, their follow up to Beowulf and The Polar Express, which will use the performance capture process and Disney will distribute on November 6, 2009.

Dougherty’s credits include the upcoming Trick ‘r Treat and he’s penned X2: X-Men United and Superman Returns.