The Weinstein Co. has picked up U.S. rights to Gaumont’s highly sought after animated feature, ‘Ballerina’, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun of Quad Productions, the film is a $30 million 3D animatedmusical that displays the passion and heartache of the life of a young dancer.
The deal reunites TWC, Quad Films and Gaumont, which previously worked together on Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s Golden-Globe nominated “The Intouchables” that is currently being remade by TWC in the U.S..
‘Ballerina’ follows the story of an 11-year old recently orphaned girl, Félicie Milliner (Elle Fanning), who arrives in Paris from Brittany in 1884 with no money, but one big, passionate dream: To become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she “borrows” a spoiled brat’s identity and enters the Opera Ballet School, where she meets the inventive, exhausting and charismatic Victor, who becomes her friend and soul mate.
Directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin, with a script by Carole Noble and Laurent Zeitoun, the film evokes the grace of ballet through the Aurelie Dupont’s beautiful choreography and use of motion capture.
“So many little girls dream at some point of becoming a ballerina. This film beautifully pairs that dream of dance with the artistry of animation. It’s a thrill to be teaming up once again with Nicolas, Yann and Laurent on ‘Ballerina,’ who bring a quality of elegance to all of their projects,” said TWC’s co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. Eric Summer and Eric Warin said they couldn’t “think of a better home than TWC to bring ‘Ballerina’ to U.S. moviegoers.”
The film is already scheduled to open abroad later this year, but could be released under a different title in the United States.