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Indie animated distributor GKIDS has acquired North American rights to Extraordinary Tales, an animated film anthology of five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories.
The company plans to release the film day and date on Oct. 30 in theaters and on VOD.
Directed by Raul Garcia, Extraordinary Tales features the voices of Sir Christopher Lee (in one of his final film performances), Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman and Guillermo Del Toro. Each story (The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar and The Masque of the Red Death) is told in a unique graphic style.
“We are thrilled to be back in business with Stephan [Roelants] and Melusine Productions after our work together on Ernest & Celestine and Song of the Sea,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ senior vp distribution. “Extraordinary Tales takes on the classic late-night horror anthology format with the full visual inventiveness that only animation allows, and we can’t wait to share it with audiences in the fall.”
The deal was negotiated between Stephan Roelants for Melusine Productions and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.
GKIDS has released several of the Oscar-nominated animated films over the years, including Ernest & Celestine in 2014, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015.
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