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Cannes: Animated ‘Hell’ Picked Up by Freestyle (EXCLUSIVE)

Freestyle Releasing has acquired all North American rights to animated comedy “Hell and Back” and set a Sept. 25 release date.

Voice cast includes Mila Kunis, Nick Swarsdon, Danny McBride, T.J. Miller, Bob Odenkirk, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Coolidge and Rob Riggle.

Tom Gianas (“Saturday Night Live”) and Ross Shuman (“Robot Chicken”) directed the story of two best friends who must rescue their buddy after he’s accidentally dragged to hell. Producers are Corey Campodonico,  Alexander Bulkey and Eric Blyler, all of “Robot Chicken.”

The film was written by Tom Gianas, Hugh Sterbakov and Zeb Wells. The Exchange will continue to handle international sales for the film in Cannes.

Freestyle’s top performer has been the faith-based drama “God’s Not Dead” with $60 million in U.S. grosses. It also has released Nicolas Cage’s “Left Behind” and Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes,” starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

The deal was negotiated by Chris Charalambous for Freestyle Releasing and by CAA and attorney Tom Hunter on behalf of the filmmakers.

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