Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the North American distribution rights to Zoo, a based-on-a-true-story family film written and directed by Colin McIvor. It stars Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones) as Tom who, along with his misfit friends, fights to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast in 1941.

Penelope Wilton (The BFG) and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger) co-star in the film, which is slated for a theatrical and VOD release early June.

Katy Jackson and John Leslie at Wee Buns produced the pic with Dominic Wright, and Jacqueline Kerrin at Ripple World Productions. Executive producers are Christopher Figg and Robert Whitehouse from Piccadilly Pictures as well as Lisa Lambert and Kevin Jackson.

The deal was negotiated by Samuel Goldwyn President Peter Goldwyn with Natalie Brenner, Head of Sales at Metro International Entertainment.