Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange has come on board to handle the completed family fantasy action-adventure Kung Fu Girl and will launch talks with worldwide buyers at AFM this week.
Chinese rights are available and The Exchange said the film is approved for theatrical distribution in China.
Kenny Gage and Devon Downs directed the film about a 12-year old student who challenges the school bully, and in her journey through real and virtual worlds learns to strengthen a fractured bond with her father.
Adam Liao, Sun Yanying and Chuan “Melody” Bi co-wrote the screenplay. Shaun Redick and Yvette Yates Redick of Impossible Dream Entertainment are consultants for producer Bi and are producing the English-language remake.
The Exchange’s last two films to get Chinese theatrical distribution were Patrick and A Street Cat Named Bob. According to The Exchange, the latter grossed close to $8m at the Chinese box office.
“Audiences love an underdog who won’t back down,” said says Nat McCormick of The Exchange. “Kung Fu Girl is going to inspire the next generation of young ladies to do just that. I can’t wait for families to enjoy this film together, the same way audiences experienced The Karate Kid.”
The Exchange’s AFM line-up includes Anna Faris in twin comedy Summer Madness; Zoe Saldana in Keyhole Garden; Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall in Mrs Lowry & Son; Drew Barrymore comedy The Stand-In; and John Chester’s documentary The Biggest Little Farm.