The animation specialist has picked up North American rights to A Cat In Paris directors’ Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s latest work.

Phantom Boy

Phantom Boy will premiere on Friday at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and GKIDS plans a spring 2016 theatrical release.

The story follows a boy with a special ability and an injured police officer who team up to thwart a villain’s plans to plunge the city into chaos.

Daniela Elstner of Doc & Film International, Annemie Degryse of Lumière Publishing and Eric Beckman of GKIDS brokered the deal.

Jacques-Remy Girerd and Annemie Degryse produced the Folimage, Lunanime, France 3 Cinéma and Rhône-Alpes Cinéma co-production.

GKIDS distributed Oscar-nominated A Cat In Paris.

  • In other news, Paladin has acquired US rights to Brad Coley’s northern Gothic Frank The Bastard starring Rachel Miner and plans a limited July 24 release ahead of expansion. FilmBuff handles worldwide digital rights and will start the roll-out this summer.