EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate-affiliated Grindstone Entertainment Group has taken U.S. rights to teen drama The Adventures of Jurassic Pet.

The company, which specializes in action titles with recognizable stars such as Nic Cage’s Dying of the Light and Bruce Willis’ Vice as well as family films including Bark Ranger and Pups United, will release the film in winter 2018.

Elsewhere, France Television has boarded, while Kew Media has taken UK and Irish rights to the film, which stars Kyler Charles Beck (Dude Perfect Show), David Fletcher-Hall (Murder Made Me Famous) and Ben Hall (The Posthuman Project).

The Adventures of Jurassic Pet is the fourth film from The Jurassic Games director Ryan Bellgardt, a Never Ending Story-meets-Jurassic Park-style drama, which sees an adventurous teenager who summons the courage to help a friendly dinosaur escape from the clutches of a mad scientist who wants to use him for experimentations.  Chris Hoyt, Jerome Reygner-Kalfon and Sebastien Semon wrote.

Galen Christy’s High Octane Pictures executive produced the feature and also handles worldwide rights, excluding North America, French-speaking territories and UK/Ireland, where it was handled by producer Ace Entertainment Films.

“We have battled for this film from script to production and are delighted to announce the U.S. distribution deal, and thrilled to be working with the team at Grindstone Entertainment,” said Ace Entertainment Films chiefs Jerome Reygner-Kalfon and Sebastien Semon.