EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires North American rights to 3D animated feature [pictured].

Distributor Wrekin Hill is understood to have paid seven figures for North American rights to TeamTO and Haut et Court’s 3D animated feature Yellowbird.

SC Films International represents sales.

Christian De Vita’s film is currently in production and is a coming-of-age story about a teenage bird. Antoine Barraud and Guilhem Lesaffre wrote the screenplay with Cory Edwards.

Seth Green, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Elliott Gould, Jim Rash and Christine Baranski provide the voice talent.

Wrekin Hill will release the film in theatres this autumn. CFO/FOO Rene Cogan and director of acquisitions Alex Mandell brokered the deal with Simon Crowe for UK-based SC Films.

“We believe that Yellowbird will capture the imagination of children, teens and adults alike,” said Wrekin Hill president and CEO Chris Ball.

“It is a beautifully written story about the power of self-discovery and community that will surely take audiences on an incredible emotional journey with its characters. With films like Frozen and The Nut Job showing strength at the US box office, it is clear that there is a real hunger for satisfying family entertainment.”