12:12pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to Animated 'MFKZ'
Indie distributor GKIDS has acquired North American distribution rights to MFKZ, which initially premiered under the name Mutafukaz (which was used in international territories).
The animated film from France’s Ankama and Japan’s Studio 4°C was co-directed by French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi, who previously served as director of animation on Studio 4°C's Tekkonkinkreet.
The pic is described as a genre mashup that centers on young Angelino and his pal Vinny, who live in a tenement in an Los Angeles-inspired dystopian metropolis. Following a scooter accident, Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: He is half-human and half-Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Eric Beckman of GKIDS and Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams.
GKIDS will release MFKZ theatrically on Oct. 11, including a new English-language version. Its upcoming 2018 slate also include Mirai, The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl and The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales.