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Bankside Films has decided to make an animated movie, titled Loving Vincent, about the life and controversial death of the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh.
Loving Vincent will be a crime thriller and “the first-ever hand-painted movie,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story will be told through the words of the people Van Gogh painted.
Each frame of the film is an oil painting on canvas in Van Gogh’s style, while cutting-edge animation techniques will bring the paintings to life. It will take 56,800 hand-painted frames by 30 painters to complete the film, according to Variety.
Screendaily reported that the director will be the trained painter and animator Dorota Kobiela. Breakthru Films and Trademark Films have also partnered on the film.
“We had to make this film … his popularity is out there and it is immense … ready to startle and amaze audiences just as much as his searing images,” said producer Hugh Welchman, who is also responsible for the 2008 Academy Award-winning animated short “Peter and the Wolf.”
Loving Vincent’s launch date is set for 2015, the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death.