Following the acquisition of international rights to China Star’s action fantasy pic League of Gods, South Africa’s Distant Horizon has closed a distribution deal with IM Global for Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Japan, South Korea, Israel and the Middle East.

Billed as a Chinese X-Men, League of Gods is directed by Koan Xu and features a starry cast that includes Jet Li, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Fan Bingbing, Louis Koo, Angelababy and Xu Qing.

The story is based on Fengshen Bang, an ancient novel that is part of Chinese mythology. Featuring a group of unique superheroes, the film tells the story of how King Zhou of Shang becomes a tyrant under the spell of Daji, a vixen spirit who is disguised as one of his concubines. Watch the trailer here.

“We are delighted to be involved with League of Gods, which will no doubt be another blockbuster success at the Chinese box office, said IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford. We look forward to maximizing its potential in the international marketplace.”

The entrance of IM Global signals a big vote of confidence in the film. The distrib also had international (Sony had U.S.) on Chinese blockbuster The Mermaid, the Middle Kingdom’s biggest movie in history. The pic made over $500 million in China and also did well offshore.

The League of Gods deal was negotiated by Sanjeev Singh, Robert Naidoo and Alan Grodin for Distant Horizon, and by Stuart Ford and Michael Rothstein for IM Global.

Singh also announced that Sony International Releasing will distribute the film in North America, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Australia, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the West Indies and English-speaking Canada.

“We are pleased to continue our long standing relationship with China Star and IM Global, added Singh. “We are also delighted to conclude the distribution deal with Sony International Releasing. IM Global and Sony International Releasing are excellent partners for League of Gods and we look forward to fruitful collaborations with them.”

League of Gods is set to be released in China on July 29 on over 15 000 screens.