GKIDS ACQUIRES UNITED STATES RIGHTS FOR APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD AT ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL
STUDIOCANAL AND AARDMAN ARE ANNOUNCING THE NEW AARDMAN STUDIOS FILM ‘EARLY MAN’ BY FOUR TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER NICK PARK
STUDIOCANAL and Aardman announced a new partnership on an exciting and hilarious new adventure from the award-winning Aardman, the creators of SHAUN THE SHEEP and WALLACE & GROMIT. This is their second film together after Shaun the Sheep the Movie directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak.
EARLY MAN is a stop-frame feature film by BAFTA and Academy Award winning director, Nick Park, produced by Aardman. It also marks Park's first film since WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT. Park also co-directed CHICKEN RUN.
Supported by accomplished screenwriters Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, this new film will take audiences into a dramatic prehistoric world. Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!
EARLY MAN continues the production partnership with STUDIOCANAL and Aardman following the success of SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE. With 20 territories still to release the film including key markets such as Latin America, China and the US (by Lionsgate on August 7th), the film has been an impressive debut for the partnership.
STUDIOCANAL is financing the film and will distribute it in its 5 territories and is handling international sales. The BFI (British Film Institute) is also a partner on the film. Sales will start in Cannes Film Festival.
WHITE HORSE PICTURES AND STUDIOCANAL LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL SALES ON RON HOWARD’S BEATLES DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
White Horse Pictures and STUDIOCANAL will launch international sales on Academy Award winner Ron Howard’s authorized documentary about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career - the touring years.
The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Ron Howard’s film will explore The Beatles’ inner world - how they made decisions, how they related to each other, the way in which they built their careers - all the while showing off their extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable complementary personalities. The film focuses on The Beatles’ journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966.
White Horse Pictures and STUDIOCANAL will present the film to buyers at the upcoming Cannes market.
STUDIOCANAL will distribute it directly in all its five territories.
ADAM PRICE’S (CREATOR OF BORGEN) NEW SERIES RIDES UPON THE STORM TO BE PRODUCED BY DR (DENMARK) AND CO-PRODUCED BY ARTE (FRANCE) AND SAM PRODUCTIONS
RIDES UPON THE STORM (working title), a new, one-hour drama series, created by BAFTA award-winning writer Adam Price (Borgen), will be produced by public broadcaster DR (Denmark), in co-production with ARTE (France), SAM Le Francais (France) and SAM Productions Aps (Denmark). Produced by Camilla Hammerich (Borgen), two seasons, each comprised of 10 episodes, will start shooting in the Spring of 2016 and will premiere in 2017. STUDIOCANAL handles worldwide distribution.
RAN BY AKIRA KUROSAWA WILL BE SCREENED AT CANNES CLASSICS IN 4K
30 years after its original release in France, STUDIOCANAL decided to restore the film in 4K in collaboration with the Japanese co-producer, Kadokawa. In 1985, the production of the original film was possible thanks to a French-Japanese collaboration and 30 years later, STUDIOCANAL and Kadokawa replicated this partnership to restore the film.
Considered as one of the greatest films directed by Akira Kurosawa, the film has been selected for the 2015 Cannes Classics.
The film has been restored based on a 4K scan by the French laboratory Éclair, under STUDIOCANAL’s supervision. Based on an original negative, the majority of the restoration work was done manually image by image, with the film’s DP, Mr. Ueda, approving the color-grading.
The film will be released theatrically in Japan in Fall 2015, followed by releases in the US and France. The UK will release the film in theaters in 2016 to celebrate the 400 years after Shakespeare’s death.