Production has commenced at Pinewood Studios outside London on The One and Only Ivan, a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the children’s book by Katherine Applegate directed by Thea Sharrock. The screenplay is by two-time Independent Spirit Award winner Mike White based on Applegate’s award-winning book and the producers are Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Angelina Jolie, the late Allison Shearmur and Brigham Taylor.
The One and Only Ivan stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee and four-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston; Ramon Rodriquez; Arianna Greenblatt; Indira Varma; and Eleanor Matsuura.
The film features the vocal talents of Angelina Jolie, Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell and Critics’ Choice Award winner Brooklynn Prince. Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Helen Mirren and Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Danny DeVito have also signed on to voice characters in the film.
Based on the true story of a uniquely-talented gorilla and the other animals who share a communal habitat at a suburban shopping mall, The One and Only Ivan is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place we call home. Applegate’s book, a #1 New York Times’ bestseller, has won numerous awards, including the Newberry Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in 2013.