Cannes: Open Road Nabs U.S. Rights to Animated 'Duck Duck Goose'

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The Christopher Jenkins-helmed comedy features a voice cast that includes Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Lance Lim.

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the animated family comedy Duck Duck Goose.

Featuring a voice cast headed up by Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Lance Lim, the film is directed by Christopher Jenkins from a screenplay he wrote with Rob Muir.

China-based Original Force produced and financed the film, which Open Road will release April 20, 2018.

Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, Reggie Watts, Diedrich Bader, Jennifer Grey, Rick Overton, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Fry and Carl Reiner round out the voice cast.

The story centers on a high-flying bachelor goose named Peng (Gaffigan) who is injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two adorably demanding ducklings (Zendaya, Lim) on a long journey south that will turn this scrappy threesome into a family.

Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins produced the film, which is being shopped at Cannes to international buyers GFM Films and GFM Animation.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Harley Zhao and the team at Original Force,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said. “Sandy and Penney are legends in animation having launched Sony Pictures Animation and DreamWorks Animation, and their impressive track record developing and producing commercial and critical hits in this space speaks for itself. In addition to being a wholly original story filled with lovably funny and relatable characters that the entire family will enjoy, the animation in Duck Duck Goose is truly superb and the project is a welcome addition to our 2018 slate.”

Added Finkelman Cox and Rabins: “Duck Duck Goose has been an amazing international collaboration from start to finish, and we could not be more proud of the artistry, storytelling and the dazzling animation accomplished by the team at Original Force Animation. Everyone from China to Culver City is delivering a visually stunning and enchanting film that all audiences will fall in love with all over the world."

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road by Ortenberg, Marni Richman and Lejo Pet. Scott Edel from Loeb & Loeb negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.