Distributor takes Spanish rights

Spanish distrib DeAPlaneta has landed Spanish rights for CG-animated feature “Planet 51,” a Sony Pictures pickup for the U.S.

Produced by Madrid-based Ilion Animated Studios, “Planet 51” is penned by “Shrek” screenwriter Joe Stillman.

In the alien adventure comedy, an astronaut lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first to set foot on it. Soon he discovers it’s inhabited by little green people whose only fear is being invaded by aliens such as the astronaut.

DeAPlaneta has taken theatrical and DVD rights, while broadcaster Antena 3 TV, a “Planet” co-producer, retains free-to-air TV rights. DeAPlaneta’s arm Planeta Junior will handle merchandizing.

The Spanish theatrical release of the E40 million ($63.7 million) film is set for fall 2009.

“Planet 51” is directed by Jorge Blanco and produced by Ilion CEO Ignacio Perez Dolset and Guy Collins, chairman of HandMade Films Intl., which is also selling the film.

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