Lionsgate Lands US on 'Robinson Crusoe'

By Wiseman, Andreas | Screen International, November 10, 2015 | Go to article overview

Lionsgate Lands US on 'Robinson Crusoe'


Wiseman, Andreas, Screen International


Lionsgate has picked up US rights to 3D family adventure Robinson Crusoe from Studi°Canal.

The film will be released wide in the US by Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label in mid-2016 following Studi°Canal'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 parrot Tuesday who dreams of exploring the world.

The film is directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot and produced by nWave Pictures.

The announcement comes on the heels of Lionsgate's acquisition from Studi°Canal of US rights to the thrillers The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson, and Our Kind of Traitor, starring Ewan McGregor.

"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 3D animation will help introduce the story to a new generation," said Lionsgate co-COO and Motion Picture Group president Steve Beeks.

"Studi°Canal 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. …

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