December 2, 2020
Shout! Studios has entered into an exclusive deal with Urban Distribution International to distribute the upcoming fine arts feature Coppélia in the United States and Canada.
Coppélia will be released across all platforms in 2021. Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, theatrical, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.
Coppélia combines animation and live action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégé, Coppélia.
The feature is produced by award-winning creators Submarine (Undone, Amazon Prime), and 3 Minutes West in co-production with MotionWorks and Lunanime. The feature is directed by Jeff Tudor, Steven de Beul and Ben Tesseur, and was choreographed by Ted Brandsen, the director of the Dutch National Ballet, with original music from Maurizio Malagnini (Call the Midwife, Peter and Wendy).
World-renowned ballerina Michaela DePrince (Take Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina) leads an international cast that includes dancers Daniel Camargo (Brazil), San Francisco Ballet star Sasha Mukhamedov (U.K.), Vito Mazzeo (Italy), Irek Mukhamedov (Russia) and English prima ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell.
The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions, and Louise Ronzet, head of international sales at UDI.
“As sales agents, we immediately fell in love with this smart, modernized version of the world-famous ballet,” Ronzet said. “Coppélia conveys messages of body positivity and self-acceptance, which are essential to challenge our appearance-obsessed culture and standardization of beauty through social media. We have no doubt this will appeal to all families and we are thrilled to have Shout! on board.”
Coppélia will be distributed by Square One in German-speaking territories and Periscoop Film in Benelux. Both are planning a release in the fourth quarter of 2021.