Magazine article Screen International

Tianjin's Rabbit Hops to North America

Magazine article Screen International

Tianjin's Rabbit Hops to North America

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Grindstone Entertainment has picked up North American rights to hit animated feature Legend Of A Rabbit from China's Tianjin Film Studio.

Los Angeles-based Grindstone will distribute the English version of the film, which currently features a voice cast including Oscar-nominated Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), Youtube sensation Rebecca Black and rising child star Claire Geare (Inception).

The $12m animation may receive a theatrical release, pending test screenings, and will go out through Lionsgate Home Entertainment in North America by the end of 2013.

The film is shaping up to be a major franchise after breaking sales records to become the best-selling animated film ever from China, with more than 70 territories sold worldwide. Tianjian is also producing two sequels, a 100-episode TV series and an online game, which will be rolled out on a planned schedule until 2016.

The deal with Grindstone was concluded by Tianjin's head of international distribution Elliot Tong and Stan Wertlieb, head of acquisitions for Grindstone. …

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