Dove-nominated singer/songwriter and award winning author Andrew Peterson, along with veteran producer J. Chris Wall (VeggieTales), have launched Shining Isle Productions to develop film and television projects. Their first effort will be an animated short film based on Peterson’s highly popular and award-winning Wingfeather Saga book series. A Kickstarter campaign will launch March 1st to help create the project.
“When the series was complete, the idea of bringing this story to the screen wouldn’t leave me alone. If whatever truth or beauty or goodness is in these books could translate to a wider audience through animation, then I wanted to find a way. I’ve known Chris for years, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the man for the job,” says Peterson. “Not only does he know the nuts and bolts of animation, but he and his family know and love the Wingfeather Saga. There’s no one else I’d rather partner with for Shining Isle Productions. I can’t wait to see this story come to life on the screen.”
"I couldn’t be more excited to work with Andrew to bring the Wingfeather Saga to the screen,” adds Wall. “The vibrant characters, epic adventure, and deeply moving story, combined with Andrew’s unique wit, made these stories a very engaging experience for our family.”
Peterson’s first Kickstarter campaign in 2013 saw an incredible response from his loyal fans by raising over $118,000—which was over $100,000 beyond his original goal. The outpouring of support overwhelmed Peterson, who used the funds for his final installment of the Wingfeather Saga, The Warden and the Wolf King. The project won the Clive Staples Award for fiction and was named World Magazine’s 2014 Children’s Book of the Year.
The Wingfeather Saga series began almost 10 years ago when Peterson began writing On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, which was published by Waterbrook/Random House in 2008. The second book, North! Or Be Eaten, released in 2009 and won the prestigious 2010 Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction. The third installment, The Monster in the Hollows, released in 2011. The epic tale has become a favorite of families around the world and has been compared to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.