StudioCanal has teamed up with Autochenille Production to produce an animated feature based on the comic ‘Little Vampire’ by Joann Sfar. Sfar, whose credits include ‘The Prophet’, T’he Rabbi’s Cat’ and ‘Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life’, will direct the film which will feature an original story pulling some elements from the first volume of the 1999 comic.
The story centers on the bored Little Vampire who has been 10 years old for 300 years and yearns to go to school. He finds friendship with a mischievous orphan boy named Michael, but the pairs camaraderie is threatened when a terrifying supernatural creature called the Gibbus comes on the scene. Sfar has likened the tone to a blend between Roger Corman horror and the “Peanuts” comic strip.
Autochenille is producing the film with Panache Productions. StudioCanal is co-producing and will handle international sales, forming part of its expansion into animated and family films which has taken in ‘Paddington’ and its recently announce sequel, as well as Aardman’s ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ and upcoming ‘Early Man’. The film reunites Sfar and Studiocanal chief Didier Lupfer who previously worked together on ‘Gainsbourg’.