It’s the first foray into production of GKids, best known for handling distribution of animated movies such as Oscar nominees “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” in 2015 and “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There” in 2016. GKids execs Eric Beckman and David Jesteadt are executive producers on “The Breadwinner” along with Jolie Pitt. Nora Twomey will direct and Aircraft Pictures’ Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore and Paul Young, and Melusine Productions’ Stephan Roelants will produce.
“The Breadwinner,” based on the novel by Deborah Ellis, centers on a young Afghan girl who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family after the Taliban imprisons her father.
“The Breadwinner” comes from Ireland-based Cartoon Saloon, which received Oscar nominations for “The Secret of Kells” in 2010 and “Song of the Sea” in 2015. Both films were distributed in North America by GKids.
Twomey co-directed “The Secret of Kells,” with Moore.
“We’ve been long-standing friends with everyone at Cartoon Saloon since those heady days when we celebrated our first Oscar nomination together for ‘The Secret of Kells’ and again five years later for ‘Song of the Sea,’” said Beckman and Jesteadt in a statement. “We knew we needed to be involved with ‘The Breadwinner’ once we learned Nora would be bringing Deborah Ellis’ beautiful and compelling story to the big screen.”
The film is scheduled for release in North America in the fall of 2017.