×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

High Octane Pictures Acquires U.S. Rights to Sci-Fi Family Film ‘The Bobot’ (EXCLUSIVE)

California-based High Octane Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Ukrainian sci-fi family film “The Bobot” from LevelK.

High Octane Pictures (HOP) is planning to release the film during the second quarter of 2019.

“The Bobot, ” which has been described as the first Ukrainian sci-fi action-adventure film for family audiences, takes place in a near future and follows a 12-year-old dreamer, Vlad, who gets caught in a conflict between two alien forces. Forced to overcome his fears, Vlad joins forces with Bobot, an electric transformer box, to prevent a global disaster.

Like most science fiction films, “The Bobot” raises various issues such as the impact of technological progress on the environment.

“‘The Bobot’ is nothing short of incredible. This is a film we’ve been tracking since we first heard of its development and could not be happier to be working with the wonderful team over at LevelK in addition to the insanely talented filmmakers who brought ‘The Bobot’ to life,” said High Octane Pictures president Galen Christy.

The film is directed by Max Ksjonda, a popular Ukrainian director of music videos, TV series and commercials. His 2013 short film “The Way” won multiple awards and played at festivals the world. Ksjonda has also made music videos for the Eurovision contest winner Jamala, as well as numerous other Ukrainian musicians.

“The Bobot” is produced by Oleksii Moskalenko at Mental dRive Studio. Ukrainian State Film Agency financed it with Mental dRive Studio. The film was locally released on Aug. 30 by Ukrainian Film Distribution.

Based in Copenhagen, LevelK’s slate includes a wide range of international movies, notably Ben Hackworth’s “Celeste,” Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Anders Matthesen’s “Checkered Ninja” and Poul Berg’s “Hacker.”

More Film

  • Lois Smith

    Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch' Adds Lois Smith (EXCLUSIVE)

    Lois Smith has joined the cast of Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” Variety has learned. It continues a late-career resurgence for the 88-year-old stage and screen actress. Smith was nominated for a Gotham and Independent Spirit Award for her work in last year’s “Marjorie Prime,” a role that garnered her some of the best reviews [...]

  • Stephan James as Fonny and Brian

    Brian Tyree Henry Breaks Out Big in Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

    The final days of filming writer-director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” were dedicated to moments that foreshadowed its entire plot: Having run into the recently incarcerated Daniel (Brian Tyree Henry) on the streets of Harlem, the struggling artist Fonny (Stephan James) invites his friend back to his apartment for [...]

  • Dylan O'Brien, Justin Theroux, Angela Bassett,

    Travis Knight on Getting the Call to Direct ‘Bumblebee’: ‘Did You Guys Get The Right Number?’

    “Bumblebee” director Travis Knight admits he couldn’t believe it when Paramount Studios and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura called him two years ago, asking him to helm the upcoming “Transformers” movie. “My initial question was, ‘Did you guys get the right number?'” Knight joked at Sunday’s premiere of “Bumblebee” at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. “You’ve seen [...]

  • Ryan Coogler Black Panther Variety Feature

    Ryan Coogler to Receive Directing Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival

    Variety will honor director Ryan Coogler at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 4th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch Brunch at the Parker Palm Springs. The brunch is presented by AT&T. The “Black Panther” director will receive the annual creative impact in directing award. Previous recipients of this award [...]

  • Ventana Sur: 10 or So Takes

    Ventana Sur: Drilling Down on This Year’s Edition

    BUENOS AIRES —  11 takes on the biggest Ventana Sur yet, in initiatives and initial business announcements: 1.CANNES’ MOST DARING MOVE? Over the last decade, film festivals two biggest growth roadmaps have run through strengthening their industry heft, aiding an ever more challenged independent film business, and to morph into all-year-round structures. The Cannes Festival [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content