The concept came about during a DWA retreat a few years ago and will now be written by the husband and wife duo, Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario. Shrek Forever After director, Mike Mitchell, is lending a hand as well although he's not confirmed to direct. It just so happens that Steven Spielberg, a DreamWorks co-founder, was toying around with a story of his own on the topic and was even set to direct Fox's Harvey, a remake of the 1950 Jimmy Stewart movie about a man and an imaginary rabbit. Things didn't pan out and now Spielberg is back with DreamWorks working on WarHorse.
Regardless of what Spielberg's up to, DWA is still thrilled with the potential of this concept. In fact, the studio is considering dabbling in new territory and possibly developing the film as a live-action/animation hybrid. Although I'm usually wary when live-action and animated characters collide, this sounds like a film that could really benefit from the technique.
Take a look at Alvin and the Chipmunks, Marmaduke and maybe even the upcoming film Mr. Popper's Penguins; they all mix real actors with fake animals. These animals typically come across as kid-centric and downright ridiculous. But we're talking imaginary friends here. DWA can get super silly and it would probably make sense. I'm picture something along the lines of Pixar's Monsters, Inc. Should DWA dream up a batch of characters of Sulley and Mike Wazowski's caliber and put them together with a decent non-imaginary cast, we could finally have a live-action/CGI mash-up to look forward to.