I’m finally back again after nearly a month of procrastination (which I am really bad about), and I am terribly sorry. I’ve had some things (good things) happen during that time, but instead of putting it all in one post, which would be confusing (and because I don’t like to mix things like that very often), it will probably be broken down in a few posts.
Today’s post was originally meant to be two separate parts in my on-going Speculation series – a Visual Effects Studio prediction and a Composer prediction.
Animorphs will be a very visual effects-heavy film, and we will be looking at several possible studios: Moving Pictures Company, Tippett Studios, The Embassy VFX, and Method Studios.
British-based visual effects studio Moving Picture Company is known for their stellar work in Guardians of the Galaxy, 1917, the Harry Potter films, Prometheus, 2019’s The Lion King and a host of other recent Disney films. I have specifically included them on the list because of their handling of the effects in Goosebumps (because Scholastic), as well as the upcoming The One and Only Ivan, based on the book that was also written by Katherine Applegate.
American visual effects company founded by the legendary Phil Tippett, I have added Tippett Studio as a possibility because of their CG animation work featured in the Twilight saga.
Another studio on the list, The Embassy VFX, known for their work in Iron Man, District 9, Cowboys and Aliens, Elysium, and Ender’s Game, is featured here for their work in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
The last studio listed here as a possible option is Method Studios, known for their work in Top Gun: Maverick, Jumanji: the Next Level, Men in Black: International, Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald, and Avengers: Infinity War, they also handled the visual effects of Divergent.
The final part of this 2nd speculation video will talk about the music of the upcoming film and possible composers. The composers I have decided to list here as big possibilities are John Williams, James Newton Howard, John Powell, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Junkie XL.
John Williams is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time, having composed for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and the Harry Potter films. Perhaps he is too high-tier for Animorphs, and it might be a stretch to even consider him, though anything can happen.
Note: I’m looking at the list I had on my phone and I’m not sure how John Williams ended up on my list of possibilities; I had The Hunger Games attached to his name originally, so it must have been a mix-up between him and James Newton Howard, who I had put down since he is another one of my favorites, but who actually composed The Hunger Games.
James Newton Howard gets a point for being a realistic possibility because of his work featured in The Hunger Games. One of my personal favorites, he is also known for his work in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, the Fantastic Beasts films, as well as Disney’s Atlantis, Treasure Planet, and Dinosaur.
Composers John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon), Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), and Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Gladiator, Inception) are listed here for no other reason other than the fact that they’re more favorites of mine.
Danny Elfman is known for his work on 2019’s Dumbo, 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Fifty Shades of Grey, Oz the Great and Powerful, Good Will Hunting and Men in Black, but possibly even more known for creating the theme of The Simpsons. He’s made it on the list for being the composer of Goosebumps.
Last but not least, I have listed Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL. This name wasn’t familiar to me, I had to actually look him up, and was a little surprised to see the films he’s composed for: Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade, Deadpool, Batman vs. Superman, The Dark Tower, Divergent, Alita: Battle Angel, and many more. His style is very well-suited to films of heavy action and sci-fi, and the more I have gone back and listened to tracks from Alita, the more I can really, genuinely imagine his work being in something like Animorphs.
It’s hard to say when we might get concrete news on the status of production on Animorphs. It could very well be in the making right now as I post these rather silly (though fun) speculation posts. My current prediction for the upcoming film is its visual effects being done by MPC and the score composed by Junkie XL.