GKIDS has landed North American rights to Phantom Boy, an animated crime thriller from Oscar-nominated A Cat In Paris‘ writers-directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol. The move comes ahead of the film’s premiere tomorrow at the Annecy International Film Festival. GKIDS is planning a theatrical release in spring 2016.
Phantom Boy is set in a noir New York and centers on Leo, a boy who has become a phantom — hence the title. Due to a strange illness, Leo is able slip out of his psychical body and wander around the Big Apple as a ghostly apparition. Teaming with Alex, an injured cop he meets in the hospital, Leo tries to stop a crook who has gained hold of NYC’s power supply and plans to plunge the city into chaos.
The film was produced by Jacques-Remy Girerd and Annemie Degryse and is a co-production between Folimage, Lunanime, France 3 Cinéma and Rhône-Alpes Cinéma. The deal was negotiated between Daniela Elstner for Doc & Film International, Lumière Publishing’s Degryse and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.
GKIDS has had six Oscar-nominated Best Animated Feature noms since it was formed in 2008, most recently this year with Song Of The Sea and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.