A week ago, we reported on a new feature film from Aardman titled Early Man. It would mark Nick Park’s return to the director’s chair since Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf & Death and it would be a prehistoric comedy that revolves around the ‘first game of soccer’. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, people are apparently liking what they saw when Aardman and StudioCanal unveiled visuals for the film.
According to Deadline, Early Man has become a fast seller for both studios during the festival. Out side of key territories where StudioCanal plans to self-distribute (UK, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand), they have also closed deals for distributors in Scandinavia, Switzerland, Portugal, Yogoslavia, Iceland, Greece, Latin America, The Baltics, Benelux, Indonesia, Turkey, South Africa, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, and Vietnam. China, Japan, and Korea are being negotiated while offers are being received for Italy and Eastern Europe.
As for the US, StudioCanal is in discussion with a number of studios, with the understanding that it could go to an independent company. So the possibility is high that it could be someone like The Weinstein Company or Lionsgate, the latter of which will be distributing Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Movie for release in August.
The studios have also released a teaser poster for the film, which you can see here:
The film is directed by Nick Park from a screenplay by Mark Burton and John O’ Farrell.
Early Man will rise to theaters in 2018
What do you think? Any thoughts on the news? Are you looking forward to Early Man?
Edited by: Kelly Conley