Phase 4 draws ‘Horrid Henry’

Company acquires U.S., Canadian rights to family comedy

Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to director Nick Moore’s family comedy “Horrid Henry: The Movie” from U.K. sales agent Protagonist Pictures.

“Henry” is based on Francesca Simon’s children’s book series and stars Theo Stevenson, Anjelica Huston and Richard E. Grant. Rupert Preston and Lucinda Whiteley produced with Allan Niblo and Mike Watts exec producing the Vertigo Films / Novel Entertainment co-production.

Phase 4 is tentatively planning a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release under its Kaboom! label. “Henry” has cumed $10.5 million at the U.K. box office.

Story centers on Henry failing yet again to hand in his homework, inadvertently setting off an unexpected chain of events that culminates in him inexplicably trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate.

Deal was negotiated by Larry Greenberg, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Sam Posner, Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Phase 4 Films, with Ben Roberts and Simon Osborn from Protagonist Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.

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