John Powell confirmed in a recent interview with Omar Crook on the Living with a Genius podcast that he is reteaming with director Carlos Saldanha on the upcoming animated feature Ferdinand. The movie is based on the the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson and revolves around a bull who doesn’t want to fight in the bullfighting arena like so many of his brethren but instead just wants to smell the flowers. Bruce Anderson (Horton Hears a Who!) is producing the Blue Sky Studios production with Lori Forte (Ice Age series, Epic). Powell has previously collaborated with Saldanha on Blue Sky’s Rio & Rio 2, Robots and the second and third Ice Age movie. Ferdinand is set to be released on December 22, 2017 by 20th Century Fox.
Powell’s most recent project, Jason Bourne, is currently playing in theaters nationwide. The composer also has DreamWorks Animation’s animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 3 coming up. The film directed by Dean DeBlois who previously helmed the first two parts in the series is set to be released on May 18, 2018.