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Acquisitions: Sony picks up INSTANT KARMA and royal wedding pitch from (500) DAYS OF SUMMER writers

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 27th, 2011

Apparently Sony has found themselves a bit of cash, and are looking to spend it.

First up, Deadline is reporting that the studio’s animation branch, Sony Animation, has nabbed up the live action/CGI hybrid project, INSTANT KARMA. Previously a New Line property, the film is written and will be directed by Paul Hernandez, and will follow a safecracker who “survives a near-death experience only to find himself reincarnated as a fly. He needs to perform good deeds to up his karma rating, and when he does, he moves up the flood chain by becoming such animals as a frog, raccoon and dog. His goal is to redeem himself enough to reclaim his human body and the woman he loves.”

The studio has also picked up the rights to a royal wedding-themed bitch from writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, according to Deadline. The two were behind the screenplay for (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, and have pitched the film, which is described as NOTTING HILL meets MEET THE ROYAL PARENTS. The film will follow a “girl from the Midwest who goes to the UK and winds up marrying a prince.”

Personally, both projects don’t sound all that intriguing. I really could care less about a CGI/live-action hybrid, as the films that make this idea work are few and far between. 

And while I’m a fan of both Neustadter and Weber, a royal wedding romantic comedy sounds really uninteresting. But obviously, it’s far too early to tell quality-wise, so these will be two films that I’ll be keeping a keen eye on.

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