Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired all U.S. rights to Snoot Entertainments Battle for Terra, a 3D animated adventure feature film with the vocal talents of Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, Justin Long, Amanda Peet, Chris Evans and Dennis Quaid.
The feature directorial debut of acclaimed short filmmaker Aristomenis Tsirbas (The Freak), Battle for Terra is the first in a series of animated features produced by Snoot. The announcement was made by Roadside Attractions Co-President Eric dArbeloff.
Battle for Terra turns sci-fi convention on its head by telling its story from the perspective of the aliens whose planet is invaded by humans fleeing a dying Earth. The film made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and has since thrilled festival audiences worldwide.
The film has been honored for its environmental awareness themes and stunning animation with the Silver Griffin Award at the 2008 Giffoni Film Festival; the Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature at the 2008 Ottawa International Animation Festival; and the Crystal Heart Award at the 2008 Heartland Film Festival. In preparation for the U.S. release, the Los Angeles based creative team has rendered the entire film in stereoscopic 3D using a proprietary in-house process. Lionsgate and Roadside will open, Battle for Terra in wide release, in both 3D and 2D formats, on May 1, 2009. Stuart Fords IM Global will handle international.
We at Roadside could not be more excited to be releasing Battle for Terra noted dArbeloff. Not only is it a thrilling piece of entertainment for younger audiences, its themes of tolerance and environmental awareness will resonate with viewers of all ages. Anyone interested in 3D animation and digital artistry will be stunned.
The deal was negotiated by Lionsgate President of Theatrical Films Tom Ortenberg, on behalf of Lionsgate; Co-President of Roadside Attractions Howard Cohen and attorney Greg Bernstein, on behalf of Roadside Attractions; and by Snoot President Keith Calder, CAA and Erik Hyman and Susan Williams of Loeb & Loeb, on behalf of the filmmakers and Snoot Entertainment.