ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the family film Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism, based on the first in the six-book Molly Moon series by Georgia Byng. A VOD and limited theatrical release is planned for Aug. 14.
Directed by Christopher N. Rowley and written by Byng, Rowley, Tom Butterworth and Chris Hurford, the film stars Raffey Cassidy, Emily Watson and Dominic Monaghan.
It tells the story of a young orphan girl, Molly Moon, who comes across a book Hypnotism, An Ancient Art, which allows her to hypnotize her way to London, where she becomes rich and famous, only to have her dog kidnapped and find herself subject to blackmail if she doesn’t participate in a jewel heist.
The film was produced by Byng, Lawrence Elman, Ileen Maisel and Simon Bosanquet and executive produced by Phillip Alberstat, Norman Merry and Shezi Nackvi.
The deal was negotiated by ARC Entertainment’s head of acquisitions, Scott Moesta, with Byng representing the filmmakers.