Future of 'Cloudy' clear: It's at Sony Pictures Animation

By Sheigh Crabtree
The Hollywood Reporter
August 16, 2006

Sony Pictures Animation has acquired film rights to the classic children's book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," which it is actively developing as a feature film. The project was formally announced Tuesday at SPA's roadshow at the Sony studio in Culver City at a special presentation to introduce SPA's execs and creative teams in advance of the animation unit's first feature, "Open Season," bowing Sept. 29.

"Cloudy" will be based on the illustrated book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett which imagines a fanciful world where it rains juice and snows mashed potatoes and spaghetti. The movie's plot will center around a scientist who tries to solve world hunger only to see things go awry as food falls from the sky in abundance. "This is a project that we put into development right after we formed the company," said Yair Landau, president, Sony Pictures Digital. "It's one of my favorite books. It's something we chased right away."