Sony Pictures has bought rights in all North America and Latin American regions to Michael Dudok de Wit’s animated “The Red Turtle,” following its premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. Produced by Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch, the film marks Ghibli’s first international co-production and expansion of activities following the retirement of legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki from feature film.
The dialogue-free story centers on a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, recounting the milestones in the life of a human being.
"The Red Turtle takes you on an ultimate journey through life. It sweeps you up in fantasy, poetry and awesome visual beauty. Artistically and commercially it is a major movie for all ages. It is a privilege to collaborate with Studio Ghibli, Pascal Caucheteux and Wild Bunch in bringing The Red Turtle to the American audiences," said a statement from Sony Pictures Classics.
The deal was negotiated by Carole Baraton on behalf of Wild Bunch and Sony Pictures Classics.