Ethyrea Films announced a $9 million visual effects co-production deal with Reliance MediaWorks (RMW). Reliance Group has been a contributor to films like Cowboys and Aliens, War Horse and the critically-acclaimed, Lincoln.
“We have commitments from some of the most talented, Oscar-winning effects artists already in place,” said Danica Fontaine, president of Ethyrea Films. “Reliance is a welcome addition to an amazing and versatile team, which is currently preparing the necessary breakdowns and bids for the design and pre-visual period scheduled to officially begin late next month.”
“Reliance will be the horsepower behind the veteran expertise of our company, which will be the primary and lead design house on this project,” said Scott Smith, of creature arts and mechanics, “We have a great rapport with the RMW team and feel that this new partnership will be instrumental in cultivating world-class digital visuals.”
Ethyrea: Code of the Brethren, is the first of five films in the new feature franchise from Ethyrea Films. Produced by Fontaine and Billy Badalato, the $105 million dollar family fantasy franchise will be directed by Vic and Andy Armstrong. “This new partnership will take Ethyrea: Code of the Brethren to a new level. Their creativity coupled with Creature Art’s state-of-the art ensures RMW will be a spectacular addition to a great team,” said Badalato.
“It is indeed an honor for us to be associated with the Team at Ethyrea Films,” Naresh Malik, president of media & creative services for RMW said. “The combined synergies of our companies’ artistic talent will be complementary in nature, thereby creating an enthralling visual experience for audiences worldwide.”
The massive fantasy franchise will crew up and complete development and pre-viz late next month. Ethyrea Films will be officially announcing its production schedule, résumé submission process and casting information early next month.