Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist” from Pathe.
SPC and Chomet previously collaborated on the filmmaker’s “The Triplets of Belleville,” which was nominated for a best animated feature Oscar in 2003. “The Illusionist,” which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, will be released in theaters at the end of the year.
“Collaborating with Sylvain on ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ was such a fantastic experience,” said SPC co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. “We are so thrilled to be back partnering with him again on ‘The Illusionist,’ as well as our friends at Pathe, and producers Bob Last, Jake Eberts and Philippe Carcassonne. With a moving storyline and a work of art in each frame, audiences both young and old will connect with this film.”
Based on an unproduced screenplay by Jacques Tati (“Mr. Hulot’s Holiday”), “The Illusionist” follows a stage performer who’s watching the spotlight stolen away by emerging rock stars. As he is forced to take on increasingly fringe assignments, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever.
Bob Last produced the film; Jake Eberts and Philippe Carcassonne (“Coco Before Chanel”) are executive producers.
Sony Pictures Classics has Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe” premiering in Cannes next month. The company most recently released “Chloe” and “The Secret in Their Eyes.”