Former Disney Director Chris Williams Sets Sail For Netflix With ‘Jacob & The Sea Beast’

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It was bound to happen sooner or later. With Netflix’s big push for original content spanning documentaries, TV series and feature films, they eventually had to make a big splash when it came to animation. Not to say they haven’t had their share of output when it comes to the genre, recently. It’s just that, once you wrangle a director from Disney, you know you’re making good headway. That’s exactly where they find themselves, as of today. Variety reports Netflix has tapped Oscar Winner Chris Williams to write and direct an original CG animated feature, Jacob and the Sea Beast.

If Williams name doesn’t strike you immediately, that’s because Disney doesn’t always make a big show of who directs their films. Unless of course it’s something they feel is worth highlighting. What’ll make you realize how big a get this is, is when you hear what feature’s he’s done. Williams directed Big Hero 6Bolt and co-directed Moana. Writing-wise, he has story credits on those last two, as well as Mulan and The Emporer’s New Groove. That makes for a potent combination and shows Netflix wanted to beef up their lineup, just a tad more. He’ll pair well with the likes ofGuillermo del Toro and Glenn Keane (former Disney animator). Both of whom have upcoming animation projects with the streaming giant.

Jacob and the Sea Beast is about, “a charming seafarer who sails into uncharted waters and discovers an unlikely ally in a sea monster.” In a statement, Williams added: ‘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.”

While it’s only a little info, this could be a big win for Netflix. Their eyes seemingly set firmly on the gold. Not only does it mean a new original animated film, but it comes from someone with a proven track record. Thankfully, it also sounds like they aren’t planning to rush the project. Instead saying they hope to release the movie in 2022. Though that may seem like a far ways off, it could be a time in which Netflix is consistently releasing films theatrically. Wouldn’t be surprising if they set Jacob and the Sea Beast to go head-to-head with whatever Disney has on offer. More on this one, as it develops.

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