Santa Monica, CA, USA and Paris, France (November 10, 2015) — Lionsgate has acquired the rights to the animated 3-D family adventure film Robinson Crusoe from Europe’s leading studio STUDIOCANAL, it was announced today by Lionsgate Co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and STUDIOCANAL President of International Distribution & Marketing Rodolphe Buet. The film will be released wide in the U.S. by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label in mid-2016 following STUDIOCANAL’S European release.
The animated film brings to life the true story of Robinson Crusoe in 3D as seen through the eyes of his 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 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 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 prestigious STUDIOCANAL library in North America, STUDIOCANAL’s distribution of Lionsgate films in Germany and the companies’ operation of the Elevation Sales home entertainment joint venture in the UK.