Lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer A.R. Rahman, along with writers Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges, are developing a new musical animated feature film,Â Monkeys of Bollywood for DreamWorks Animation.
The movie is inspired by the Indian tale ofÂ The Ramayana and tells the story of two monkeys who become unlikely heroes in a last ditch effort to stop an ancient, thought-to-be-mythical demon from conquering the world. Talent for the project will be announced at a later date.
Schwartz received two Academy Awards forÂ Pocahontas and one forÂ The Prince of Egypt. He is currently represented on Broadway byÂ Wicked. His many other musicals includeÂ Godspell,Â The Magic Show,Â Pippin,Â The Baker’s Wife,Â Rags, andÂ Children of Eden.
Rahman received two Academy Awards and a Grammy Award for his music forSlumdog Millionaire. In addition, he has written the scores for the stage musicalsÂ Bombay Dreams andÂ Lord of the Rings.