Mel Brooks and Zendaya also amongst voice cast for English-language version of Chinese animation The Little Door Gods.

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The Weinstein Company (TWC) has acquired worldwide rights to the forthcoming English-language version of Chinese animation The Little Door Gods, which will be titled The Guardian Brothers.

The rights exclude China, where The Little Door Gods was distributed by Alibaba in January this year, as well as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Mel Brooks and Zendaya have all joined the English-speaking cast for the release, which TWC will shop at Cannes alongside animation The Nut Job 2.

TWC’s Harvey Weinstein commented on the acquisition: “Everyone who knows me, knows I’m determined to build our animation division for film and television. This is going to be a huge area for our company.”

Garry Wang directed The Little Door Gods, which Zhou Yu produced for Light Chaser Animation Studios.

The story follows a Chinese family who are in danger of losing their restaurant business which they have owned for generations.

Michael Lappin, Michael Steinberg and Talia Houminer negotiated the deal for TWC with Zhou Yu and Gary Wang for Light Chaser.