Animated pic slated for late 2010 release in North America

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Sylvain Chomet’s animated pic “The Illusionist” from Pathe.

Movie, which played the Berlin Film Fest to a strong reception, is targeted for release at the end of this year.

Set in the 1950s, storyline centers on a stage entertainer whose act is being eclipsed by rising rock stars, and on his relationship with a fan he meets. Pic is based on an unproduced screenplay by Jacques Tati.

“Illusionist” is produced by Bob Last and exec produced by Jake Eberts and Philippe Carcassonne.

SPC released writer-director Chomet’s 2003 movie “The Triplets of Belleville,” and previously worked with Carcassonne on last year’s “Coco Before Chanel.”

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