Shout! Factory and Arcana Studio have inked a deal that will see a U.S. and Canada distribution of upcoming animated feature Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, currently in production. Written, directed and produced by Arcana CEO and founder Sean Patrick O’Reilly, the movie is based on Arcana’s popular graphic novel of the same name and follows the adventures of a young Howard Lovecraft, the imaginative author whose unique tales of fantasy/sci-fi horror have inspired generations of storytellers.
Shout! Factory has secured all U.S. rights for the movie for digital, broadcast, home entertainment and theatrical distribution, as well as extensive rights for cross-platform releases in Canada. The company is planning a strategic rollout for Lovecraft on a variety of platforms and packages in 2016.
A cast list will be revealed in the coming months. In addition to O’Reilly, key creatives on the project include producer Michelle O’Reilly, art director and senior modeler Gary Yuen, senior editor Brendan Hansell, CG supervisor Haqui Gbadamosi, animation director Frank Poon and animation lead Billy Zhao.