The Weinstein Company has announced it is picking up worldwide rights (excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) to Light Chaser Animation’s freshman animated feature The Guardian Brothers — originally titled The Little Door Gods. Leading the English-language voice cast will be Meryl Streep as narrator, Mel Brooks, Nicole Kidman and Zendaya. The film is directed by Gary Wang and produced by Zhou Yu. Alibaba Group released Guardian Brothers in China in January.
Co-chairman Harvey Weinstein pointed out in the announcement, “Everyone who knows me, knows I’m determined to build our animation division for film and television. This is going to be a huge area for our company and ‘The Guardian Brothers’ is just the beginning of our plan to bring the caliber of film associated with TWC to animation.”
The Guardian Brothers centers on a Chinese family facing the possible closure of its centuries-old family wonton soup shop. When their grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of a young girl named Raindrop (Zendaya) and her mother (Kidman). Meanwhile in the Spirit World, times are also tough, and two brother Guardians (beings who watch over and protect humans) are forced into retirement. When the retired Guardians find out that Raindrop and her mother are fending off rivals bent on sabotaging the business, they decide to come to the rescue.
In the last week, Weinstein Co. also picked up Toonbox and Red Rover’s The Nut Job 2. It will be shopping both titles at the Cannes film market.