According to rumors floating around on the Internet, multinational tech company Apple, Inc. is currently in talks with Ireland-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon over the rights for an animated movie, which will be part of the Cupertino giant’s upcoming slate of original video offerings.
There are still no details and the movie is said to have not been made yet, but Apple is allegedly already offering to buy the distribution rights for the US and some other countries. The deal is not yet closed and could still fall apart, but the talks is still noteworthy because it sheds light on Apple’s plans to take on Netflix, Google, and Amazon in the burgeoning online video market.
Apple has already taken steps towards funding new shows, such as Carpool Karaoke which is being offered on their own Apple Music streaming service. It has also been repoerted that Apple hired TV industry veterans Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to build an in-house studio.
It is also interesting because Apple’s ties to animation go as far back as their early days, with the late co-founder Steve Jobs providing funding and serving as majority shareholder to the studio that would eventually become Pixar.