Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the rights to the action fantasy Instant Karma and plans to develop it into a live-action/CGI hybrid. According to Heat Vision, “The tale follows a misguided safecracker from New Orleans through his life lessons from a near-death experience only to find himself reincarnated as a fly. As the hero does good deeds to improve his karma, he moves up the food chain through a variety of animals, such as a frog, raccoon and dog, trying to get back to his human body and the woman he loves.” He could probably fulfill his good deeds as a fly and a raccoon simply by not bothering people.
SPA is the fourth studio to house Instant Karma. The project was originally set up at DreamWorks, then moved to Universal/Imagine, and found its way to New Line in 2003. When the project was set up at New Line, it almost made it into production with a voice cast that included Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Mira Sorvino, Eartha Kitt, and Gene Wilder. Paul Hernandez (Sky High) will direct his own script. Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio will produce.