Godzilla maker mulls film on Indian hero
US film maker Vincent Edward's new animated film will star an Indian cartoon hero. The film will feature voices of many Bollywood actors.Updated: Mar 23, 2006 19:18 IST
Several of India's best known Bollywood actors and actresses will provide the voices for a new animated film that will star an Indian cartoon hero, the film's US director Vincent Edwards said Wednesday.
The Indian hero in the movie-length animation is as well known as Superman, Vincent Edwards told The Associated Press on the sidelines of an international entertainment industry conference in Mumbai. He declined to provide any other details about the character.
"It's an Indian heritage project that will be acceptable to a global audience without alienating the local viewers," he said. Edwards who directed the animated series Godzilla, The Starship Troopers and Spiderman said the film would also be turned into a television series by next summer.
Bollywood actors and actresses would record the voices and the animation work would be done in India, he said.
Global entertainment giants such as Walt Disney and Sony have outsourced animation work to Indian companies over the past several years. Foreign studios from the United States and New Zealand have also set up offices in India.
Most companies are drawn to India due to cheaper labor costs. Half an hour of animation production work costs about $60,000 (euro49,450) in India compared to $250,000 (euro206,050) to $400,000 (euro329,700) in Canada and the United States respectively, according to industry estimates.
Edwards moved with his family from Los Angeles to India's southern technology hub Bangalore in July to work on the film. He was called on board by an Indian investor concerned about the growing Western influence on young Indians.
"I was asked to work on this project by someone worried that the Indian culture will be buried, lost in a mad rush to Americanise with the huge interest in superheroes like Superman and Spiderman," Edwards said.
He said he is excited about the film, targeted for a year-end release.
First Published: Mar 23, 2006 20:00 IST