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Indie animated distributor GKIDS has acquired North American rights to Phantom Boy, the next film from Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, the Oscar-nominated writers and directors of A Cat in Paris.
GKIDS, which also distributed A Cat in Paris. is planning a spring 2016 release for Phantom Boy, which will premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 19.
Phantom Boy is a New York-set family- and adult-friendly animated crime thriller. It centers on Leo, who has a mysterious illness that has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a police officer injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. They work together to stop the plot and save New York from destruction.
The film was produced by Jacques-Remy Girerd and Annemie Degryse, and is a co-production between Folimage, Lunanime, France 3 Cinema and Rhone-Alpes Cinema.
The deal was negotiated between Daniela Elstner for Doc & Film International, Degryse for Lumiere Publishing, and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.
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