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The Last Unicorn Movie Set for 2003 Release

(by A live action fantasy movie on The Last Unicorn has been slated for a 2003 release as the cast of the movie (including Angela Lansbury as Mommy Fortuna) is being finalized and CGI test shots are being completed.

The unicorn will be brought to life via CGI.

"I imagine the unicorn's fur has an unreal glow, the skin is sparkling in an ethereal way, as if the unicorn would be sometimes glowing from within," says Peter Farber, CGI director for the movie. "The glow, the tension of the skin, the reflection of the fine hairs change, as the environment and emotional state of her changes."

Production is moving full speed ahead by Continent Film even though a major distributor hasn't been announced for the movie. A team of professionals in several areas (animal training, computer animation, animatronics, pyrotechnics, cast, and crew) were assembled for the production. The movie was written by Peter S. Beagle, who has written movies like The Last Unicorn (animated) and "A Whale of a Tale," the Disney pilot based on The Little Mermaid TV series. Beagle also wrote the "Sarek" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Here's what Continent Film says about the movie:

"Now The Last Unicorn will be soon a magical fantasy  film - a complete new re-creation of the novel, newly rewritten for the screen by Peter S. Beagle. A worldwide movie event with outstanding actors, fantastic sets and locations, wildlife and trained animals, seamlessly blended with computer-created, realistic creatures and fantasy worlds. We call it Magical Realism. A new, amazing live action drama and adventure that feels real with realistically looking digital characters, mixed with real actors, real locations, real animals and a firework of magical special effects - a reimagination of one of the most beautiful and enchanting fantasy classics of all times - alive on the big screen."

"This is the greatest challenge for computer designers so far - a moving and adventures fantasy epic and love story in which the main character (the unicorn) is a CGI creation - with all her complex emotions, her magic, her charm, her vanity, her fear, her loneliness, her courage, her wisdom and her non-attachment," says director Julian Doyle.

Here's what Terry Gilliam says about Doyle: "Julian can literally direct anything, comedy, fantasy, special effects, drama. He is the most creative, experienced multi-talent for 30 years that the British film industry has. He is a 1000% dedicated and experienced filmmaker." 

Production for The Last Unicorn started in January 2000 with the writing of the script. The movie is expected to be exactly two hours long.

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