New Wallace and Gromit film?
Nick Park is going to be working on a new Wallace and Gromit film after the great success of the superb Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Filmstalker review).
The new film will be called Trouble at Mill and will see the pair attempting to run a bakery, but will just be a film for the small screen at a mere thirty minutes long.
Interestingly this Wallace & Gromit outing will see Nick Park reunited with Bob Baker, the co-writer of the two short films The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, so it certainly will see both pairs coming back strong on screen.
In Trouble at Mill, Variety reports that the story will see Wallace and Gromit open a bakery, but Wallace gets sidetracked by his love for Piella Bakewell. Meanwhile there's a murder and Gromit is the one that has to solve it.
Park says that he's excited to get back to the duo, and particularly so because it's a short:
“I love making films for the cinema, but the production of 'Chicken Run' and 'Curse of the Were-Rabbit' were virtually back to back, and each film took five years to complete. 'Trouble at' Mill' will be so much quicker to make, and I can't wait to get back into production...
...It's nice to be out of that feature film pressure now...I'm making this for myself again and the people who love Wallace and Gromit.”
That sounds great news for us fans, and yet I can't help feeling that another film would be superb, or at least the promise of one. A short is great, but something akin, or better than, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit would be superb.
Then again you can understand the desire to do shorter films when a feature can take five years of your life. Imagine if it was a failure? Not that Wallace and Gromit could ever be that!
If you want to see Nick Park talking about the announcement, as well as signing up for video updates for the film, then head over to the Wallace & Gromit site and register. I'm waiting...