Empire Film Group has acquired North American rights from Fantastic Films International to the $16m CGI adventure Thru The Moebius Strip.

Empire plans a summer theatrical release on the story of a young boy who travels through a time portal to rescue his father from alien captors. DVD and Blu-ray platforms will follow in 2010.

The film is based on an original story and design by French artist Jean ‘Moebius’ Girard and features the voice talent of Mark Hamill, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Peri Gilpin.

‘This is a visually stunning film that should appeal to science fiction fans as well as mainstream audiences,’ Empire Film Group CEO Dean Hamilton-Bornstein said. ‘We are proud to have been selected by Fantastic Films International as their distribution partner in this market, and know that we will do very well together with this amazing movie.’