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Apple reportedly working on a deal for an animated movie

A deal is purportedly near for the rights to an animated movie as part of Apple’s upcoming slate of original video offerings. Quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg reports that the tech giant is in talks with Cartoon Saloon.

Cartoon Saloon is an Irish animation film and television studio that provides illustration, design, film, and TV services. The studio is best known for its animated feature films “The Secret of Kells,” “Song of the Sea,” and “The Breadwinner.” Their films have received three Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature. 

Bloomberg says the film isn’t finished and won’t be released for another year or more, but Apple has been in talks to buy distribution rights for the U.S. and some other countries. A theatrical release, necessary to qualify for Academy Awards, is possible, the article adds.

Apple currently has 16 scripted series in the works. Upcoming original programming titles include “Amazing Stores,” “Are You Sleeping,” “Home,” “Little America,” “See,” “Swagger,” an untitled Damien Chazelle drama, an untitled Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Anniston dreamed, “Dickinson” (a half-hour comedy starring Hailee Stenifeld), an untitled Ronald D. Moore drama, an untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller series, a TV series adaption of “Foundation,” the Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy, and the half-hour dramedy “Little Voices” from producers J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles, and a drama series about pre-teen investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.