Cinedigm Acquires U.S. Rights to 'Antboy'


The family superhero film tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who gains powers after being bitten by an ant and is based on a popular Danish comic book series.

Cinedigm Corp. has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the family film Antboy, based on a popular Danish comic book series, and will premiere it in five markets on April 16.

The live action movie, directed by Ask Hasselbalch, premiered at Toronto last September, where rights were acquired by Viva Pictures. Based on the comics by Kenneth Bogh Andersen, the movie is similar to Spiderman: A shy 12-year-old boy who is bothered by bullies is bitten by an ant. He develops superpowers and becomes a crime fighter, even as he continues to deal with his own issues in life.

“From the first frame we knew that Antboy was the quintessential family film, the movie that other movies will aspire to be,” says Victor Elizalde, co-founder of Viva Pictures.

“We absolutely fell in love with Antboy,” says Yolanda Macias, executive vp acquisitions for Cinedigm, adding: “We acquired Antboy as the first of a multi-picture, multi-year deal with Viva Pictures Distribution.”

The movie will initially be released in screens in Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle. The film was produced by Birgitte Hald, Eva Jakobsen and Lea Løbger.

Production is already underway on Antboy 2.