Pointing to the successes of “Frozen” and “The Nut Job,” Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Christian De Vita’s 3D animated feature “Yellowbird” from TeamTO and Haut & Court.
The seven-figure deal was closed at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The film, currently in production, is written by Antoine Barraud and Guilhem Lesaffre with Cory Edwards and based on artwork by Benjamin Renner (“Ernest and Celestine”). Seth Green, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Elliott Gould, Jim Rash and Christine Baranski are among the voice talent.
Wrekin Hill will release the film in theaters in the fall. The story centers on a teenage bird so scared to venture out into the world that he nearly misses the fun of discovering who he really is.
“With films like ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Nut Job’ showing strength at the U.S. box office, it is clear that there is a real hunger for satisfying family entertainment,” said Wrekin Hill CEO Chris Ball.
The deal was negotiated by Rene Cogan and Alex Mandell for Wrekin Hill with Simon Crowe for U.K.-based SC Films Intl. on behalf of the filmmakers.