GKIDS has acquired the North American rights to the next film from the makers of the Oscar-nominated French film A Cat in Paris. The indie animation distributor plans to push Phantom Boy into American theaters sometime in spring 2016.
GKIDS announced the Phantom Boy pick-up a few weeks ago at the Annecy festival, rounding out a busy event that also saw it announce acquisitions of the steampunk adventure April and the Extraordinary World and the Edgar Allen Poe compilation Extraordinary Tales.
Phantom Boy is the follow-up feature from the Oscar-nominated directors and writers Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, whose A Cat in Paris was an all-ages action-adventure film that managed to be both accessible and gripping. The new film, described as a “stylish animated noir,” treads similar territory, with a New York City boy named Leo with a mysterious illness who haunts the city as a ghostly apparition.