Canto Film Being Developed By Will & Jada Smith's Westbrook Studios
Canto will grace the screen in an animated adventure. The popular IDW series is in active development from Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's Westbrook Studios. Series creator David M. Booher will write the screenplay and executive produce along with co-creator Drew Zucker. Westbrook Studios Co-President and Head of Motion Pictures, Jon Mone, will produce. Ryan Shimazaki will oversee the project on behalf of Westbrook Studios. Canto has run for multiple mini-series and one-shots since 2019 and has been one of the most-popular non-superhero comics on the stands since. The news was first reported by Deadline.
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"For generations, Canto and his fellow tin-people have been enslaved in the land of Arcana, their hearts replaced with clocks. Though love is forbidden, that hasn't stopped Canto from falling in love with a Tin Girl. When the slavers damage the tin girl's clock beyond repair, Canto leaves Arcana to go on a quest and find his people's missing hearts. Along the way, Canto befriends a fierce Malorex, finds a Hermit who lives in a mechanical squid, and works with a mysterious warrior named Aulaura, who helps him infiltrate the City of Dis. At the Emerald Tower, he confronts the wizard behind it all, the Shrouded Man, and learns the fate of his true love's heart. The graphic novel is inspired by The Wizard of Oz and Dante's Inferno, Canto."
"David and Drew have created a world full of adventure, determination, and hope," said Mone. "It reminds us of the importance of love and to fight for those we care about, and we are so thrilled to work with them to share the magic of this inspiring little hero on the big screen."
"It's rare to find a partner like Westbrook who shares our values, both creatively and personally," says Booher. "Like us, Jon and Ryan see Canto as a story about hope, and I'm thrilled to work with them to bring it to the screen." Zucker adds, "We couldn't be more excited to have Westbrook as partners in sending Canto onto his next adventure."