On the heels of Sony Pictures’ acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to the CG-animated feature film Planet 51 comes word that distributor DeAPlaneta has picked up the flick for Spain. Daily Variety reports today that the Spanish indie has nabbed theatrical and DVD rights, while its Planeta Junior handles merchandising rights. DeAPlaneta served as a co-producer on the movie, along with broadcaster Atena 3 TV, which has been granted free-to-air TV rights.
A production of HandMade Films Int’l and Madrid-based Llion Animation Studios, Planet 51 features the voices of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jessica Biel, Seann William Scott, Justin Long, Gary Oldman and John Cleese, the film will be released theatrically through Sony’s TriStar Pictures on Nov. 20, 2009. A video game based on the pic is also being developed by Llion’s parent company, Pyro Studios.
Planet 51 is an invasion story with a twist that revolves around Earthling astronaut Capt. Chuck Baker (Johnson), who causes panic when his spacecraft lands on an alien world that bares a striking resemblance to suburban American in the 1950s. In his efforts to avoid capture and get off the planet, Baker is befriended by a local boy named Lem (Long) and his goofy sidekick, Skiff (Scott). Biel will lend her voice to Neera, Lem’s love interest.
The movie was penned by Shrek writer Joe Stillman, who earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the animated FOX TV series King of the Hill, and directed by Jorge Blanco, the lead artist on Pyro’s Commandos video game series. Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez, who worked with Blanco on Commandos, are listed as co-directors on the film. Llion’s Ignacio Perez Dolset produced the flick with HandMade’s Guy Collins. Exec producers include former Nickelodeon head Albie Hecht and Lola Film president Andres Vicente Gomez.
Llion produced Planet 51 for roughly $60 million. HandMade Films is handling worldwide sales.