Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios Announce Partnership on ASTRO BOY

Nicolas Cage and Donald Sutherland to join Freddie Highmore, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy to Voice Roles in the CGI Animated Picture

LOS ANGELES and HONG KONG, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios have entered into a global alliance whereby Summit will distribute Imagi's upcoming CG-animated motion picture ASTRO BOY worldwide except for Imagi's reserved territories of Japan, Hong Kong and China. The announcement was made jointly by Rob Friedman, Co-Chairman and CEO of Summit Entertainment and Douglas Glen, CEO of Imagi Studios.

"We are pleased to join with Imagi Studios in bringing the exceptional world of ASTRO BOY to both existing and a new generation of fans alike," said Friedman. "The team at Imagi Studios is capturing the spirit of this popular post-modern franchise by doing great things with the story, characters and animation. ASTRO BOY promises to be an excellent addition to our existing slate of family films."

Glen said, "ASTRO BOY has been one of the world's best-known and most loved superheroes for more than fifty years. We are pleased to partner with Summit to deliver ASTRO BOY's first CGI feature film to worldwide audiences on a grand scale. Imagi and Summit are a great fit, with high energy, entrepreneurial cultures and a vision of building movie-driven global brands."

Slated for worldwide theatrical release in 2009, ASTRO BOY will feature the voices of Academy Award®-winning actor Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role. David Bowers is directing ASTRO BOY from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris, with Maryann Garger producing.

As Summit continues to build its slate of animated films, ASTRO BOY will follow the highly anticipated August 8, 2008 release of the company's 3D animation, FLY ME TO THE MOON.

Summit's Senior Vice President of Production, Geoff Shaevitz, will oversee the project for the studio. The rights to the film were negotiated on behalf of Summit by the studio's Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Andrew Matosich as well as Alan Grodin on behalf of Imagi Studios.

Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.

Summit flies with Imagi's 'Astro Boy' Film unit to distribute CG-animated feature
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Astro Boy
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Ninjatron said...

Looks like an awesome voice cast.

Is this new deal with Summit something separate from the Warners/Weinsteins deal or is it a replacement for that?


felixip said...

This is not a new deal separated from the Warners/Weinsteins deal, this is a replacement.

Anonymous said...

Hello Felix;

What caused the split with Warners/Weinstein, was it their mishandling of TMNT, or did they turn against the idea of dealing with another older Anime property after the failure of Speed Racer?

Anonymous said...

Is Gatchaman still being distrubuted by Warners/TWC?

Ninjatron said...

Thanks for the reply, Felix. I hope you don't mind that I quote you on AstroBoy World.

I also hope that this deal works out in such a way that you guys have more control over your own movies.


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