Kartoon Studios & GFM Ink Deal for Stan Lee Universe Films


Kartoon Studios, the controlling partner of Stan Lee Universe (SLU), has signed a deal with GFM Animation (10 Lives, X Factor in the Jungle) to develop, finance and produce five animated feature films based on IP created by Stan Lee.

GFM has already put together a team of LA-based writers who have previous experience working on Marvel projects to develop the first scripts with its team in London and Kartoon Studios. The first three treatments are set to be presented at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Each project was chosen through mutual selection for their potential to appeal to a broad audience demographic and families.

“Through Stan Lee Universe, we are dedicated to continuing the legacy of one of the most iconic and prolific creators in the world, who continues to inspire fans globally with recent mega-hits such as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” said Gregg Goldin, senior VP of development and production at Kartoon Studios. “These new projects, developed from Stan’s original ideas, will introduce his magic to younger generations and continue to engage his loyal fans. Our new partner, GFM, has a history of producing quality films for the entire family, and fresh off their successful debut of 10 Lives at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, they continue to prove their expertise in the independent animation landscape. We are excited to partner with them on this ambitious slate of projects.”

“Stan Lee is a singular creator,” stated Guy Collins, chairman of GFM Animation. “The stories and characters Stan created and co-created have mesmerized multiple generations of fans across the globe for many decades. We are honored to partner with Kartoon Studios and Stan Lee Universe to celebrate Stan’s tremendous contributions to pop culture and entertainment by bringing quality animated films for all ages to big screens around the world.”