EXCLUSIVE: Fortnite Developer and publisher Epic Games to make first known feature film investment with animated film Gilgamesh, based on the hero of ancient Mesopotamian mythology.
The developer is partnering with Latin American animation studio Hook Up and Argentinian companies DuermeVela and FilmSharks on the project, which will use Epic’s Unreal Engine technology to track the exploits and adventures of King-turned-deity Gilgamesh who was immortalized in the epic poem. which bears his name and which would have influenced Homer Odyssey and Iliad.
The film, which will have English and Spanish versions, will explore the quest for immortality of the demigod Gilgamesh and his rivalry and then his friendship with the wild man Enkidu.
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Epic’s $ 100 million MegaGrants fund is investing in the project, which will be directed by Argentinian filmmaker Tomas Lipgot, who recently produced the 2019 Spanish-language feature film. The adopters (an acquisition of Sony Pictures Television in LatAm) via its DuermeVela banner.
The fund is designed to help creators use Epic’s Unreal Engine technology, the real-time 3D toolset used for photorealistic visuals and immersive experiences. The technology’s ability to create virtual sets has recently been used by LucasFilm on The Mandalorian and Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy on Westworld.
LatAm partners on Gilgamesh will also use the MegaGrant for potential future projects using the technology, which Epic uses on its gaming phenomenon Fortnite.
FilmSharks CEO Guido Rud said: “It’s an honor to see Epic Games supporting Gilgamesh through the Epic MegaGrants program. While the animation has done a great job of entertaining with comedy and colorful creatures, there is also a huge appetite and opportunity to share cultural stories and tell larger-than-life mythical stories.
The Hook Up company, based in Buenos Aires (Winnie the Pooh: 123s) has worked with clients such as Disney, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros.
FilmSharks, specialist in international sales and remake rights, is known for its Latamian comedies and thrillers as well as for its animated films, Lino 3D and Americans.