Lionsgate UK has acquired UK rights to Missing Link, the fifth feature from animation studio LAIKA (Kubo And The Two Strings, ParaNorman, Coraline).
AGC International, the international sales and distribution division of Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios, is handling international sales and arranged the deal with Lionsgate. Annapurna handles the US release.
Footage from the film, set for a 2019 release, was presented this week at CineEurope in Barcelona by Lionsgate.
Missing Link is written and directed by Chris Butler (ParaNorman) and produced by LAIKA’s head of production Arianne Sutner and LAIKA chief Travis Knight.
Hugh Jackman leads the voice cast as Sir Lionel Frost, an investigator of myths and monsters who sets out to America’s Pacific Northwest to prove man’s primitive ancestry by finding the ‘Missing Link’ (Zach Galifianakis).
Rounding out the cast are Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Amrita Acharia and Ching Valdes-Aran.
Before a presentation to buyers at Cannes, Sutner said: ”It’s only now with our fifth film that as a team we have the experience, the know-how and the collaborative confidence to even attempt a movie of this size and scope.”
“We created 110 sets with 65 unique locations to achieve the film’s scale, majesty and geographic beauty. I couldn’t be more in awe of our LAIKA crew members. Their endless reserves of imagination were pushed to the limit during the production of this ambitious movie, and we ended up soaring past those limits.”