Japan’s Digital Frontier, the studio behind the Appleseed, Biohazard: Degeneration, and Tekken: Blood Vengeance CG motion pictures will collaborate with French studios Shibuya Productions and Forge Animation on the production of Windwalkers: Chronicles of the 34th Horde, an English language 3D CG film adaptation of Alain Damasio’s award-winning 2004 sci-fi adventure novel La Horde du Contrevent. The novel is set in a world plauged by strong winds. An elite team of soldiers named “34th Horde” seeks the origins of the devestating wind.
Veteran director Jan Kounen (Dobermann) will direct the movie as his first animated film. Visionary director Marc Caro (Dante 01, Delicatessen) will serve as art director and visual effects supervisor. Financing is nearly secured for the tentative 18 million Euro ($23.4 million USD) production budget. Production will begin in January 2013 for a 2015 release.