Today, it was officially announced via Variety that Weta Digital will be expanding it’s operations with a new animation division called Weta Animated. Peter Jackson’s company based in New Zealand has been one of the leading forces in digital visual effects along industry peers such as Industrial Light & Magic.
They’ve hired Prem Akkaraju to lead Weta Animated as the company’s chief executive officer.
Weta Digital got it’s start with Jackson’s 1994 film Heavenly Creatures. They’ve been working on various films since which includes projects such as The Lord of The Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Hobbit trilogy, Avatar, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Alita: Battle Angel, District 9, Mulan, and Black Widow.
It’s also been revealed that owners Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will write, produce, and direct many animated projects for newly formed company. However, details weren’t mentioned on what those projects could be.
I’m curious if they’ll attempt to use Weta Animated to make the Tintin sequels.