Vertical Entertainment has picked up distribution rights to animated feature Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, featuring the voices of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, China Anne McClain, Jacob Latimore, Michael Gross, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mark Rolston, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, and Fred Tatasciore. Barajoun Entertainment produced the pic, which Vertical will release theatrically in February.
The pic from directors Ayman Jamal and Khurram H. Alavi, is based on true events. A boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change.
The deal was negotiated by Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical and Mav12 and Barajoun Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.