Exodus Film Group announces that Grammy Award winner will.i.am (Rio, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Academy-Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Sing, upcoming Respect), and Grammy Award nominee Snoop Dogg (The Addams Family, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run) have joined the John D. Eraklis directed animated feature Pierre The Pigeon-Hawk. The star-studded cast also includes Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Coolidge, Kenan Thompson, Emmy nominated Howie Mandel, Luis Guzmán, Domenick Lombardozzi, Paul Blackthorne, Jamal Trulove, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson.
In addition, Grammy Award winner Paul Blair (DJ White Shadow) joined the film as music supervisor, where he will lend his musical genius and vision in producing the original soundtrack. Blair has produced and co-written with Lady Gaga on Born This Way and ARTPOP and won a Grammy in 2019 for his work on A Star is Born soundtrack. Blair has also produced and written songs with Pitbull, the Jonas Brothers, Sia, Adam Lambert, Exo, and Jessie James Decker amongst others. Composers Zoë Poledouris and Angel Roché Jr. will be handling the original score. The duo previously teamed with Exodus Film Group on the animated features The Hero of Color City and Bunyan and Babe.
John D. Eraklis is producing alongside Toonz Media Group, Ciaran Crampton and Chase Muratore’s Sugar Water Entertainment. Sugar Water Entertainment is providing financing in partnership with Toonz Media Group. Jamal Trulove and Delbert Whetter are executive producing with co-executive producers Sentwali Holder and Jennifer Fowler. The film is being produced and directed remotely and is in pre-production at Toonz Media Group studio in Spain. CAA Media Finance handling domestic sales with Highland Film Group handling international sales.
Set in NYC, Pierre The Pigeon-Hawk is a musically driven animated comedy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and community. Born as a product of forbidden love between a hawk (Goldberg) and a pigeon (Mandel) …Pierre (will.i.am) is rejected by both communities. Tired of not fitting in, Pierre sets out on a mission to discover where he truly belongs. During his adventure, he unites with a band of unlikely friends including a bear that has recently escaped from the Central Park Zoo, Ophelia the owl (Hudson) whose genius is outweighed only by her madness, and a pair of rag tag, pop-cultured city squirrels, including the attitude laden Scratch (Snoop) and Sniff (Thompson). Amidst a journey of self-discovery, Pierre finds the courage to inspire animals from all backgrounds to change their ways and open their minds to a new way of thinking. It will take a hybrid bird to unite a hybrid world.