Paramount Abdicates Distribution Of ‘The Little Prince’ Week Before U.S. Bow

The animated film The Little Prince, which has performed well overseas and was a record-breaker in France where it won the Best Animated Film prize at the Cesar Awards, will not bow next Friday in the U.S. via Paramount as had been the plan. Director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) took to Twitter today to break the news that the studio in fact was not going to distribute the move at all.

The studio declined comment this afternoon but confirmed the news.

Paramount had U.S. rights to the pic, based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy and Benicio Del Toro voiced roles, and it even was slotted for its U.S. premiere as the opening-night film of last month’s Santa Barbara Film Festival. It bowed at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

In France, Le Petit Prince become France’s top animated export in two decades, grossing $67.5M around the world before its U.S. premiere. The film did bow this weekend in Canada via eOne.

Osborne also tweeted that another distributor will come aboard for a 2016 release. Stay tuned.

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