'Star Wars' Prompts Max von Sydow Film 'Dragons' to Get Early Multiplatform Release (Exclusive)

Max Von Sydow Elaic - P 2012

Max Von Sydow Elaic - P 2012

L.A. based sales and distribution banner Mance Media has secured exclusive worldwide rights, sans theatrical, for the giant-screen format CGI-heavy fantasy drama.

L.A. based sales and distribution banner Mance Media has snapped up exclusive worldwide rights (not including theatrical) for the giant-screen Max von Sydow starrer Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures, buoyed by the actor's casting in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII.

Also starring Laurence Leboeuf, Mance Media said it will move up the U.S. release date, aiming to generate interest on the back of von Sydow's Star Wars profile going intergalactic.

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The movie, directed and written by Marc Fafard, stars von Sydow as an eccentric dream therapist trying to help a young woman (LeBoeuf) who has frequent nightmares about dragons.

The dragons, filmed in a docufictional approach, uses computer-generated imagery to explore the legends and science surrounding dragons from countries such as China, Japan, Mesopotamia, and the U.K.

Mance Media aims to push Dragons in the U.S. on HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, 4K VOD and HD VOD (including iTunes, Google Play, Xbox and VUDU) from July 1, 2014.

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The deal was negotiated between Mance Media's CEO Matthew MancinelliTina Ratterman of 15/70mm and digital content creator BIG & Digital and producer Yves Fortin of Quebec City's Productions Thalie.

"The legend of dragons is a universally relatable subject that has intrigued us for centuries. We are thrilled to be releasing this studio-quality family-friendly film this summer and look forward to distributing Dragons overseas as well," Mancinelli said.

"Dragons has had a successful theatrical and museum run to date, and we are excited to partner with Mance Media to officially release the film on Blu-ray and 4K VOD in July," added Fortin.