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Kadokawa nabs rights to ‘Astro Boy’

Distributor secures $65 million Japanese film

Kadokawa has picked up Japanese distribution rights to “Astro Boy,” the $65 million movie adaptation of one of the classics of Japanese manga.

Deal is with Imagi, the Hong Kong- and L.A.-based producer of the film.

Kadokawa will distribute the pic next October in a day-and-date release coordinated with the U.S., where the pic is handled by Summit Entertainment. Summit is running a teaser trailer in U.S cinemas in front of DreamWorks’ “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” and will do so with Disney’s “Bolt” as well.

Imagi previously sold its other “reserved territories” — Hong Kong and China — to Golden Harvest and Enlight Pictures.

Summit Intl.is selling the pic in other territories.

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