to film in the UK.
The American studio
is adapting Katherine Applegate’s award-winning book as a mix of
animation and live-action with the shoot broken down into blocks
described as "hybrid" and "virtual".
UK director Thea Sharrock will be calling the shots from a screenplay by Mike White with Angelina Jolie and Brigham among the producers.
The One and Only Ivan was a New York Times best-seller and won several
literary gongs including the Newbery Medal in 2013. It is narrated by
the central character, Ivan, a silverback gorilla that has been living
in a cage in a shopping mall for nearly 30 years.
Reports published last year said that that Jolie is among the cast too,
providing the voice for an elephant called Stella. The US
multi-hyphenate will be in the UK later this year to film her starring
role in Disney’s Maleficent 2, also currently in pre-production.
Disney has made a second home in the UK over the last few years as it
continues to adapt many of its classic animated films as live-action