Lionsgate Takes U.S. Rights to 3-D Animated Movie ‘Robinson Crusoe’

LONDON — Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to the animated 3-D family adventure film “Robinson Crusoe” from European studio Studiocanal.

The movie will be released wide Stateside by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label in mid-2016, following Studiocanal’s European release.

The pic tells Crusoe’s story from the point of view of his quirky companions, including his parrot Tuesday, who dreams of exploring the world. It is directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, and is produced by nWave Pictures.

The deal follows Lionsgate’s acquisition last week of U.S. rights to Studiocanal’s thrillers “The Commuter,” starring Liam Neeson, and “Our Kind of Traitor,” starring Ewan McGregor.

The “Robinson Crusoe” deal was first reported by Variety‘s sister title Deadline.

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