Apr 26, 2018 05:04 PM EST

LAIKA Partners with STUART FORD's AGC STUDIOS for International Sales of New Animated Feature

LAIKA Partners with STUART FORD's AGC STUDIOS for International Sales of New Animated Feature
LAIKA, the animation studio that brought us Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline, has recently joined forces with AGC International, the worldwide sales and distribution arm of AGC Studios, Stuart Ford's recently launched global content studio. The announcement was made today by LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight and Stuart Ford, CEO of AGC Studios. With this partnership, we will see the release of LAIKA's "Film Five" (working title), which is currently in production at the studio.  The film will be handled domestically by Annapurna Pictures.

"Film Five" is bursting with humor, heart, and a profound message of acceptance and finding one's place.  The film was written and directed by Chris Butler (ParaNorman), with a voice cast led by Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman, Wolverine), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover).  Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman, Kubo and the Two Strings) and Travis Knight are producing. 

Travis Knight said, "LAIKA's latest film is an epic, rip-roaring comedic adventure that spans the globe. It's a fantastic and universal story, deserving of a world-class team to bring it to worldwide audiences.  Stuart Ford and AGC fit the bill perfectly.  Combining innovation, creative sensitivity, experience, and ambition, AGC is a partner that shares LAIKA's vision and values.  Together with our bold domestic distributor Annapurna Pictures, it feels like we've found a home."   

"This film is a magical piece of family entertainment," said AGC's Ford.  "It's an absolute honor for all of us at AGC to be partnering with LAIKA and working with Travis Knight, CFO Brad Wald and the entire LAIKA team to bring this wonderful animated film to the international market."  

AGC International will introduce the film to international distributors in Cannes via an invitation-only private screening of footage from the film, accompanied by an on-stage discussion between Mr. Ford and Mr. Knight. 

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