Vision Film Entertainment has snapped up animated feature Arkie for distribution in China across some 10,000 theaters. Produced by Passion Pictures (Australia), the fantasy-adventure is directed by Luke Jurevicius (Figaro Pho) and based on the graphic novel/character brand Scarygirl created by his brother, Nathan Jurevicius.
Arkie centers on a unique young girl who was abandoned as a child and raised by a kindly octopus. When her adoptive father is kidnapped and her world is overcast by darkness, Arkie must overcome her fears and journey to a mysterious city of light to rescue him from a dangerous scientist and save the planet from destruction.
The English-language voice cast is lead by Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) as Arkie and Jai Courtney (Divergent) as Dr. Maybee, with Internet personality Andrew Bachelor, a.k.a. King Bach.
The film has been pre-sold to Madman Ent. (Australia & New Zealand), Notorious (Italy), Best Film (Baltics), Dexin (ex-Yugoslavia), Phonencia (Middle East) and Captive (Philippines). Odin’s Eye Entertainment is the international rights agent for Arkie, while North America is handled by United Talent Agency.
*Update: This article originally contained outdated information about the film’s production partners.