SOURCE: Exodus Film Group

September 20, 2007 13:47 ET

The Weinstein Company and Exodus Film Group to Co-Produce "Navy Seals"

First Film Project Under Their Strategic Partnership

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 20, 2007) - The Weinstein Company and Exodus Film Group announced today that "Navy Seals," a story concept developed in-house at Exodus, will be the first film under the recently announced CG-animation co-production agreement. Under the strategic partnership unveiled at this year's Cannes Film Festival, TWC and Exodus will jointly develop, produce and finance a multi-picture slate of CG-animated feature films, DVDs, and television series. TWC will oversee distribution for all projects produced under this pact. This new initiative first began a year ago when TWC picked up worldwide distribution rights to Exodus' first CG animated film "Igor."

"Navy Seals," an adventurous family comedy, tells the story of an elite pod of US Navy dolphins who are captured, and their only hope for rescue is a band of misfit seals!

"Our goal has been to develop ideas in-house that are original and dynamic and will resonate with audiences of all ages," said Exodus CEO John D. Eraklis. "'Navy Seals' is a hilarious adventure comedy inspired by the very real heroics that marine mammals have played in the defense of our country."

Harvey Weinstein stated, "'Navy Seals' is the perfect way to jumpstart our strategic partnership with Exodus and build off of our exciting collaboration on 'Igor.' We look forward to working with John Eraklis and his talented team on what promises to be an engaging and clever adventure for both adults and children of all ages."

Eraklis is producing along with Exodus President Max Howard, who will serve as executive producer. Justin Eick is set to pen the script. Eric Robinson, Production Executive at The Weinstein Company, is overseeing on behalf of TWC.


Exodus Film Group is an independent production company based in Venice Beach, California, with satellite offices in New York and Paris. The company develops a wide range of projects for all media outlets in both live action and animation. Exodus has taken pioneering steps in the animation field by creating one of the first private equity animation film funds.

In addition to "Navy Seals," the Exodus CG-animation slate includes "Igor," set for a wide theatrical release by TWC on October 24, 2008 with a stellar voice cast including Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cusack, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno, Molly Shannon, and Christian Slater; "The Hero of Color City," which is in pre-production and will be distributed in North America by Magnolia Pictures; and "Bunyan & Babe," which is being directed by three-time Oscar winner Jim Rygiel and features the voice talents of John Goodman and Eddie Griffin.


The Weinstein Company (TWC) was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under the TWC banner.

During the Weinsteins' tenure at Miramax Films the company released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films which received 249 Academy Award® nominations and won 60 Oscars®, have generated billions of dollars in worldwide box office receipts and billions more in home video sales. In its history, Dimension Films has released some of the most successful franchises including "Scream," "Spy Kids" and "Scary Movie."

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