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Weinstein Co. Buys Animated ‘Foosball,’ Re-Titled as ‘Underdogs’ (EXCLUSIVE)


The Weinstein Co. has acquired rights in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France to Argentinian toon “Foosball.”

Juan Jose Campanella’s animated feature will be re-titled “Underdogs” and released in English by TWC.

“Foosball” was released in July in Argentina. “Underdogs” will get a wide theatrical release on Aug. 27 and will voices of several notable Hollywood actors.

“Underdogs” centers on a reluctant hero whose town is threatened when his long-time rival returns home to avenge an old grudge. When the players from his foosball table are magically brought to life, he recruits them to help him enter into an underdog match to save the town and win back the love of his life.

“This film’s magical story, heart and humor, along with its top notch animation, truly resonated with us and is sure to captivate parents just as much as it will their children,” said Harvey Weinstein. “We’re incredibly excited to share it with audiences here in the US and around the world.”

The deal was negotiated by TWC by David Glasser and Michal Steinberg with  producer Jorge Estrada Mora on behalf of the filmmakers.

Campanella co-wrote and directed “Foosball,” inspired by the short story “Memorias de un wing derecho” (Memoirs of a Right Wing) by Argentine writer Roberto Fontanarrosa.

The film costs $21 million, making it most expensive Argentine film ever.