EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to StudioCanal’s animated 3-D family film Robinson Crusoe. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label will release the film wide in mid-2016 following StudioCanal’s European roll-out.
The announcement comes on the heels of Lionsgate’s acquisition of U.S. rights to the Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter and John Le Carré adaptation Our Kind Of Traitor, starring Ewan McGregor, as the two companies continue to expand their multi-faceted partnership. Deadline also broke that story last week.
The animated film brings the venerable Robinson Crusoe story to life in 3-D and as seen through the eyes of the hero’s quirky companions, including his larger-than-life parrot Tuesday, who dreams of exploring the world. The film is directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot and produced by nWave Pictures.
“Robinson Crusoe is a timeless adventure classic that has enthralled families since it was first published and the exceptional quality of Ben and Vincent’s 3-D animation will help introduce the story to a new generation,” said Lionsgate motion picture group president Steve Beeks. “StudioCanal has become an important supplier of high profile, branded event properties for our pipeline, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our relationship with them on a diverse and commercially exciting roster of films.”
“Once again, we’re very excited by the opportunity to tap Lionsgate’s marketing prowess and distribution expertise in the U.S., and we know that they will be the perfect home for our fresh take on the Robinson Crusoe story,” said StudioCanal president of international distribution & marketing Rodolphe Buet. “Our relationship has continued to grow since we partnered on The Last Exorcism, and we believe that our current line-up of films will resonate with audiences for years to come.”
The partnership between Lionsgate and StudioCanal includes Lionsgate’s distribution of the French company’s library in North America, and StudioCanal’s distribution of Lionsgate films in Germany as well as the home entertainment joint venture Elevation Sales in the UK.