Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Colin McIvor’s family adventure Zoo.
Art Parkinson, Penelope Wilton, and Toby Jones star in the story of friends during the Second World War who fight to save a baby elephant during the Belfast Blitz bombings in 1941.
Katy Jackson and John Leslie of Wee Buns produced alongside Dominic Wright, and Jacqueline Kerrin at Ripple World Productions. Metro International Entertainment handles international sales.
Piccadilly Pictures’ Christopher Figg and Robert Whitehouse served as executive producers alongside Lisa Lambert and Kevin Jackson.
“This is a film the whole family can enjoy together,” Samuel Goldwyn Films president Peter Goldwyn, who plans a June theatrical release, said. “In my house, it is universally loved from my kids to their grandparents.”
“Such an amazing true story from our own hometown really had to be told on screen,” McIvor said. “It was a fabulous experience to work with such a talented cast and crew and to know that Zoo will be seen in America is fantastic.”
Goldwyn negotiated the deal with Natalie Brenner, head of sales at Metro International Entertainment.