Summit flies to 'Moon' with 3-D pic


Summit Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Fly Me to the Moon," a computer-animated feature being produced for stereoscopic 3-D theatrical release by nWave in association with Illuminata Pictures.

Featuring the voice cast of Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Kelly Ripa, Nicollette Sheridan, Adrienne Barbeau and Robert Patrick, "Moon" is scheduled to open Feb. 15 domestically in 3-D in Imax theaters, as well as in 3-D-ready digital-cinema venues using 3-D technologies from such companies as Real D, Dolby 3D and Nuvision.

Industry estimates suggest there will be about 1,000 3-D-ready digital-cinema screens in the U.S. by year's end.

"As opportunities come into the marketplace for consumers to have an enhanced moviegoing experience, Summit plans to be able to offer productions that fit these formats," Summit president of domestic distribution Richard Fay said.

Directed by Ben Stassen and penned by Domonic Paris, "Moon" is being created in 3-D, as opposed to being converted to the format. The story follows three tween-aged flies that stow away aboard the Apollo 11 flight to the moon.