Delphis has closed a number of home entertainments rights deals on the Belgian CG animated feature.
Delphis Films has announced a raft of sales on its Belgian CG animated feature Luke and Lucy & The Texas Rangers. Toronto-based Phase 4 Films acquired home entertainment rights to the film for North America.
In addition, Kres Trading purchased home entertainment rights for Russia, Astro snapped up pay TV rights for Malaysia and Brunei and Falcon Films took all rights for the Middle East. A number of sales in other territories are expected to close as the English version of the film receives its world premiere in Cannes.
The film is based on the highly successful original comic book created in 1959 by Willy Vandersteen. More than 200 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide and a further 4 million continue to be sold every year. The books feature the great adventures of Luke and Lucy, two teenagers who resemble another Belgian teen icon, Tintin.
Produced at a budget of €9.5 million, the film was released in the summer 2009 in Belgium where over 250,000 tickets were sold, making it the biggest domestic grossing animated film of the year. The English version of the film was completed in the United States just prior to Cannes and screens in the market.