“Luck” marks the first project from the Skydance Animation and Apple TV+ partnership, which promises several films to come. However, the film was fraught with pitfalls. In 2019, Skydance hired John Lasseter to replace former head of Skydance Animation Bill Damaschke just days after his contract with Disney expired. Lasseter, the former creative director of Pixar, was forced to resign following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Just weeks later, Emma Thompson quit “Luck,” where she voiced one of the characters, after refusing to work with Lasseter.
In 2020, original “Luck” director Alessandro Carloni, known for his work on “Kung Fu Panda 3”, was replaced by Peggy Holmes. Holmes has previously worked on two of the Disney Fairies films with Lasseter. Additionally, original “Luck” writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger have also been quietly replaced by “Cars” writer Kiel Murray.
Despite the complicated inner workings of the studio, “Luck” looks promising. The synopsis of the film says:
Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation tell the story of Sam Greenfield, the world’s unluckiest person, who, when he stumbles upon the never-before-seen land of luck, embarks on a quest to bring good luck home for his better. friend. But with humans not allowed, her only chance is to team up with the magical creatures that live there to do it.
“Luck” is directed by Peggy Holmes and written by Kiel Murray. The film stars Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Fonda, Lil Rey Howery and Pixar favorite John Ratzenberger. It will premiere on Apple TV+ on August 5, 2022.