Jason Reitman, director of critically acclaimed live-action films Juno and Up in the Air is set to direct the Dreamworks film, Beekle. The news was announced via Deadline, a film news website.
This is an interesting and bold experiment for Dreamworks. Not too often do live-action directors switch to animation or vice versa. One notable exception is Tim Burton, director of live-action films like Edward Scissorhands and director of animated films such as Frankenweenie. Others on this list include Wes Anderson among others.
On the other side of the spectrum are directors who start in animation and transition to live-action. One such director is Brad Bird, creator of animated hits such as The Incredibles and live-action hits such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Here is an interesting article about a few directors who switched from animation to live action.
This is a risk worth taking for Dreamworks. The styles and sensibilities of live-action directors can be refreshing in animated films. It is not known yet if this approach will be taken, but it will be intriguing to see the final result. Beekle does not have a release date yet, but more news is bound to arrive some point soon.