The Glendale-based studio said it had tapped award-winning composer, actor and writer Tim Minchin to help create a musical project called "Larrikins," which is Australian slang for mischievous youth.
The all-animal comedy, based on an original idea written by Harry Cripps ("Supernova") and produced by Christina Steinberg (
"Our whole team is incredibly excited about this project," said Bill Damaschke, the studio's chief creative officer. "We've been looking to work with the immensely talented Tim Minchin on something for a while, and there is no doubt that this project is a perfect fit. He and Harry Cripps will be a fantastic team."
Minchin, who is likely to take on a larger creative role in addition to writing the music/lyrics for the film, co-wrote "Matilda the Musical," which was awarded a 2012 Olivier Award for best new musical and is currently nominated for 12
"I was lucky enough to grow up in Western Australia and know that the Australian outback is vast and spellbinding and heart-stoppingly beautiful, and the characters that inhabit it are unique and hilarious and tough and cheeky,'' Minchin said. "I am hugely excited to be working with Harry and the DreamWorks Animation team in their mission to capture some of this unique aesthetic and quirky, iconoclastic culture on film. It's going to be bloody good fun."