Peace Arch nabs ‘Dragon Hunters’

Futurikon sells North American rights

BIARRITZ, France — Gallic animation producer and sales house Futurikon has sold North American rights to 3-D toon pic “Dragon Hunters” to Peace Arch.

The deal comes as, encouraged by the success of “Hunters,” Futurikon has initiated the HD large screen version of another of its hit series, “Miniscule.”

The deal with Peace Arch includes all rights except for merchandizing and U.S. theatrical.

A home video release for Canada is skedded for February 2009.

The U.S. accord adds another deal to some 25 territories sold worldwide. Most recent sales are to South Korea (JinJin Pics), Taiwan (Portico Media) and Singapore (Axxis). Estin Film has taken Baltic States.

Major outstanding territories are the U.K. and Scandinavia, which Futurikon will attack at November’s American Film Market, said Caroline Blin, Futurikon marketing and communication manager.

Set against a dreamlike fantasy world of chunks of ruined buildings and grassy puff-ball planets, medieval quest comedy “Hunters” looks set to make around 800,000 admissions in hometurf France. Though Germany underperfed, Russia has seen around 400,000 ticket sales to date.

Encouraged by the end-result and international revs from “Hunters,” which should cover gap financing on “Hunters,” Blin said, Futurikon has commissioned a feature film screenplay of Futurikon-produced toon series “Miniscule.”

A Tex Avery-meets-the-Nature-Channel take on bug life, “Miniscule” pitches finely-animated 3-D insects against real-life backgrounds. CGI series has sold 60-plus countries.

Screenplay, which is completed, is by series creators Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud. Feature will be one single story about a friendship between a ladybird and a black ant.

Futurikon is in talks with Trixter, the Teuton co-producer of “Hunters,” to partner on the “Miniscule” movie.

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