nWave Pictures has unveiled plans for the global release of its holiday movie The House of Magic. The charming 3-D CG-animated release, which is budgeted at $34 million opens this Christmas in France, Belgium, South Korea, Singapore and Italy. Produced by nWave in assoc. with StudioCanal and media fund Anton Capital Entertainment, The House of Magic is directed by renowned 3D filmmakers Ben Stassen (Fly Me to the Moon, Sammy’s Adventures: Escape from Paradise) and Jeremie Degruson, with original music by Ramin Djawadi (Pacific Rim, Game of Thrones).
This family movie tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don’t all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, our young hero and his new friends join forces to save their magical home.
“This holiday season, our new adventure brings to moviegoers a fun, immersive and engaging experience for the entire family, set in an intriguing mansion full of wacky and endearing animals like our young hero Thunder the Cat, Lawrence the Magician, Kiki the Chihuahua, Maggie Mouse and Jack Rabbit,” says Ben Stassen. “During the first twelve of the thirty months we spent in production, we devoted our entire energy to fine-tuning our script and the design of our fifty different characters, always keeping mind our ambition to deliver the best 3D cinematic experience ever, with the most spectacular ‘in your face’ 3D effects.”
The House of Magic 3D is written by James Flynn, Domonic Paris and Ben Stassen, based on an original story idea from Ben Stassen. The film is produced by Caroline Van Iseghem and Ben Stassen, executive produced by Olivier Courson and Eric Dillens.
International sales agent StudioCanal has successfully sold the film in over 40 territories including China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, United Kingdom, Portugal, Switzerland, Iceland, Poland, ex-Yugoslavia, the Baltic States, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, South Africa and Thailand.
Upcoming international releases for the “The House of Magic” are:
- South Korea (CJ Entertainment): December 24, 2013
- France (StudioCanal): December 25, 2013
- Belgium (Belga Films): December 25, 2013
- Singapore (The Shaw Organization): December 26, 2013
- Italy (Notorious Pictures): January 1, 2014
- Turkey (Medya Vizyon): January 31, 2014
The studio has also confirmed plans for the 2014 launch of two new 4D attraction films designed for theme park and attraction exhibitors worldwide. The House of Magic: The 4D Experience and The Haunted Mansion 4D will be available this spring and Halloween respectively. Based on the animated characters from the feature film, and incorporating original material, the two 12-minute films are designed to maximize the impact of visual and special effects for the theme park audience. nWave has also developed an interactive videogame incorporating film’s main characters, which is available in English, French, Dutch,German, Italian and Korean and compatible with iOS and Android devices. It is available from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
You can check out the film’s trailer here: www.YouTube.com/nWavePictures.