R-rated animation in the works…

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have announced that they are partnering on what is expected to be an R-rated animated film titled ‘Sausage Party,’ written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir, from a story by Rogen, Goldberg and Jonah Hill, to be directed by Conrad Vernon (‘Shrek 2,’ ‘Monsters vs. Aliens,’ ‘Madagascar 3’) and Greg Tiernan,

The film will be produced by Megan Ellison, Rogen, Goldberg, and Vernon, with Hill, James Weaver, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir serving as executive producers. Vancouver based Nitrogen Studios will handle all CG animation, design, production and post-production. Release is set for 2015 through Sony Pictures.

‘Sausage Party’ is a raunchy animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “We’re thrilled to be back in business with Seth and Evan. This project has all the irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor we have come to expect from them. Matching their unique comic sensibility with an animated film is a fun and inspired idea. We are confident Seth, Evan, Conrad and Greg will deliver one of the most memorable animated movies of all time.”

Rogen and Goldberg most recently wrote and directed the $100 million hit Sony Pictures comedy ‘This Is The End’ and are currently working on upcoming films ‘The Interview’ (also for Sony Pictures) and ‘The Neighbours.’

Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for the studio along with Minghella. David Distenfeld will oversee the project for Annapurna.