Relativity Media has found its launchpad for Earth To Echo, the long-in-the-works adventure film that it acquired from Disney last summer. The pic has been given a world premiere slot at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which will screen it June 14. The pic will be released wide July 2. Relativity acquired worldwide distribution rights last July to the pic, originally titled Echo and developed and shot by Disney, after producer Andrew Panay brought it to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and production president Robbie Brenner. The story follows three friends (Teo Halm, Astro and Reese Hartwig) who begin getting weird coded messages on their cell phones and worry that something big is happening. No one pays them much mind, so they do some digging on their own and discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. First-timer Dave Green directed from a script by Henry Gayden. (See the latest trailer below.)
The LA Film Festival is using Earth To Echo to center a day of family programming that includes a Future Filmmakers Luncheon with composer Emilio Kauderer as keynote speaker and a Gravity Falls Live! event featuring a live reading from the Disney Channel series by voice actors Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal and creator/executive producer Alex Hirsch. The fest runs June 11-19.
Here’s the trailer for Earth To Echo: