The Weinstein Company Nabs Animated Pic 'Underdogs'

The Spanish-language film "Foosball" will get an English-language makeover and a wide release.

The Weinstein Co. has acquired rights in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France to Juan Jose Campanella's animated film Underdogs.

The Spanish-language film will be released in English by TWC and has been given a new title from its original Foosball. The film, which was a local hit in Argentina where it was released in July, is getting a wide theatrical release on Aug. 27 and will feature the voices of Hollywood stars.

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The story centers on a reluctant hero whose town is threatened when his longtime rival returns home to avenge an old grudge. When the players from his foosball table are magically brought to life, he recruits them to help him enter into the biggest underdog match ever, save the town and win back the love of his life.

"This film’s magical story, heart and humor, along with its top notch animation, truly resonated with us and is sure to captivate parents just as much as it will their children," TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said. "We’re incredibly excited to share it with audiences here in the U.S. and around the world."

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Added Campanella: "It is a dream come true that Harvey Weinstein took our film under his wings. We couldn't hope for anything better. Not only because he might be the savviest distributor in the world but also because he has shown over the years an impeccable taste in films. So far, our creative collaboration has been of great respect and cooperation. I am looking forward to the future."

TWC's David Glasser and Michal Steinberg negotiated on behalf of the studio. Producer Jorge Estrada Mora repped the filmmakers.