Germany’s Global Screen has secured the sale of UK theatrical rights for 3D-animated family feature Luis and the Aliens to Warner Bros. Produced by Ulysses Films, Fabrique d’Images and A. Film Productions, the picture will arrive in UK cinemas on August 24.
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with such a renowned partner as Warner Bros. to bring this outstanding and highly entertaining film to UK audiences this summer,” said Klaus Rasmussen, Global Screen’s Senior Sales and Acquisitions Manager.
Luis and the Aliens, which was selected for this spring’s Cartoon Movie, is the charming story of a 12-year-old boy named Luis who befriends three awkward little ETs who crash their spaceship in his small, midwestern city. In return for his help finding the home shopping channel products they came in search of, the aliens try to save Luis from boarding school, leading to a tumultuous adventure.
The film is written and directed by Christoph Lauenstein and Wolfgang Lauenstein — the Oscar winning duo behind animated short film Balance, as well as Global Screen’s latest high-profile animated hit Marnie’s World. That CG feature follows a clever, spoiled house cat and her quirky runaway animal friends as they find themselves caught up in a larger-than-life secret agent adventure.
“Marnie’s World, which we were first able to show at this year’s Marché du Film, brims with verbal gags, action and adventure, and offers great entertainment for the whole family. We are proud that we’ve some of the most prolific distributors for animation and family entertainment films already on board”, states Julia Weber, Head of Theatrical Sales & Acquisitions at Global Screen.
Produced by scopas medien (Germany) in co-production with Grid Animation (Belgium), Marnie has sold to Spain (Flins y Peniculas), China (Vision Film), Hungary (ADService), Latin America (CDC Film), Portugal (Films4You), Turkey (TME), Bulgaria (Pro Film), Russia & Ukraine (Voxell), Indonesia (Onevision), Middle East (Shooting Stars), Philippines (Crystalsky), South Korea (Yejilim), Vietnam (Rainfilm), Greece (Zinos Panagiotidis S.A.) and Malaysia (Suraya) with the UK and Scandinavia currently in negotiation.