Netflix confirmed that the company is producing “Jacob And The Sea Beast,” a new CG animated feature film written and directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero 6, Bolt). “Jacob and the Sea Beast” will be based on Williams’ script and the film will also serve as his solo directorial debut. Williams has worked on several high-profile films at Disney but Netflix users will be the first to see his newest project.
“Jacob and the Sea Beast” tells the story of a charming seafarer who sails into uncharted waters and discovers an unlikely ally in a sea monster.
“Jacob and the Sea Beast is the kind of story I’ve always wanted to take on. It’s a tale of high adventure where our hero leaves the known world and ventures out into uncharted waters. As it turns out, I’m doing the same thing. I’m grateful for the opportunities provided by my former creative home and am excited to leap into a new environment. I feel a great energy at Netflix, as amazingly talented artists from a wide variety of backgrounds are coming together to build something new,” commented Williams.
“Chris is one of the most talented filmmakers working in animation today and his distinct voice comes through in this touching tale of ancient hunters who struggle to capture a beautiful, mythical sea creature on the high seas. His is precisely the kind of grand, adventure-filled story with smart and nuanced characters that we look for in family animated projects at Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids & family at Netflix.
Netflix expects the feature film to be released in 2022.
“Moana” and “Big Hero Six” were huge hits for Disney, both domestically and internationally. “Moana” hit theaters back in 2016 and made $248M domestically before grossing over $643M worldwide, and “Big Hero Six” made $222M domestically before making $657M worldwide. Chris Williams was a co-director on both of the projects for Disney.