DreamWorks Signs Edgar Wright for Animated Film, Acquires T.J. Miller Action Comedy


Two creators, two branches of the same studio, one pretty excellent news day for comedy fans: Edgar Wright and T.J. Miller both have projects under way at DreamWorks.

Wright, a frequent collaborator with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost best known for the Cornetto trilogy of genre comedies, will officially direct and co-write his first animated feature for DreamWorks Animation, Deadline reports. It’s an original production “centered on the concept of shadows” and, well, that’s pretty much all that’s known about the project so far—but after Wright infamously backed off from Marvel’s Ant-Man, it’s certainly welcome news for fans, especially those curious to see what Wright will do with a new medium.

Miller’s action comedy Ex-Criminals, meanwhile, is still in its early stages. Miller, best known as Silicon Valley‘s Erlich Bachman, plans to co-write the script with his cousin M. Miller Davis and star in the eventual feature; The Hollywood Reporter describes the concept as “a dysfunctional bank robbing couple and what happens when the duo break up on the eve of their biggest heist to date.” Though Miller isn’t a stranger to the big screen—he was a voice actor in Big Hero 6, co-stars in upcoming R-rated superhero movie Deadpool, and let’s not forget Yogi Bear 3D—it’d be his first true starring vehicle. Before that, though, he and Davis have to write the thing.

Meanwhile, comedy nerds ’round the land will wait for updates on both project with bated breath.