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GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS FOR EXTRAORDINARY TALES AT ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL


 

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS FOR

EXTRAORDINARY TALES

AT ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL

 

ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 30, 2015 RELEASE DATE

IN THEATERS AND ON VIDEO-ON-DEMAND PLATFORMS

 

New York, NY – June 16, 2015 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced its acquisition of North American rights to EXTRAORDINARY TALES, an animated film anthology of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories. The film, which features the voices of Sir Christopher Lee (in one of his final film performances), Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman, andGuillermo Del Toro, screens throughout this week at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. GKIDS plans a day-and-date release onOctober 30, in theaters and on video-on-demand platforms. The deal was negotiated between Stephan Roelants for Melusine Productions and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.

 

“We are thrilled to be back in business with Stephan and Melusine Productions after our work together on Ernest & Celestine and Song of the Sea,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ SVP of Distribution. “Extraordinary Tales takes on the classic late-night horror anthology format with the full visual inventiveness that only animation allows, and we can’t wait to share it with audiences in the fall.”

 

EXTRAORDINARY TALES, directed by Raúl García, is a film anthology of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology,EXTRAORDINARY TALES offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death, with animation inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films, or the pulpy feel of EC Comics. The stories are narrated by a stable of legendary genre directors and actors, including Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman, and Guillermo Del Toro. The film is written and directed by Raúl García, produced by Stephan Roelants, and co-produced by Raúl García, Rocio Ayuso, Serge Ume, and Isabelle Truc.

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories are brought to vivid life in this heart-pounding, visually stunning animated anthology featuring Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Guillermo del Toro, Roger Corman and Julian Sands. Murderous madmen, sinister villains and cloaked ghouls stalk the darkened corridors of Poe’s imagination, as his haunting tales are given a terrifying new twist by some of the most beloved figures in horror film history.

 

ABOUT GKIDS

GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2009, the company has scored six Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – second only to Disney – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012,Ernest & Celestine in 2014, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015. Current and upcoming releases include When Marnie Was There from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli, 2014 Annecy winner Boy and the World from director Alê Abreu, andKahlil Gibran’s The Prophet from director Roger Allers and producer Salma Hayek. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki's famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titlesSpirited AwayMy Neighbor TotoroPrincess Mononoke, and others. GKIDS is longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Gus van Sant, Christine Vachon, Henry Selick and James Schamus.