Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are to write original songs for new animated movie Spellbound.
Produced by Skydance Animation, Spellbound (working title) is set in a world of magic where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two.
Alan Menken, known for his award-winning work on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors, Pocahontas, Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted and Tangled, will compose original music and score.
He will be joined by celebrated lyricist and frequent collaborator Glenn Slater (Tangled) together with music producer Chris Montan (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen).
The new feature will be directed by Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale) and written by Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin (Mulan) and Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King).
It’s rumoured that the new animated musical movie will be released autumn 2022.
Jenson said: “Alan Menken’s music defines a generation and is loved by audiences around the world. From day one, we knew this magical world would be full of music, and we knew only Alan could bring it to life.
“With Glenn and Chris onboard, their combined creativity adds so much depth and complexity to the emotions of our characters and this very unique story. It is a true honor to collaborate with this team.”
“I’m thrilled to be united with so many talented collaborators and very much look forward to working with Vicky Jenson, Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin,” added Menken. “Spellbound promises to be quite unique and inspiring.”
Picture credit: Skydance Animation