Vision Film Entertainment has lapped up animated feature Arkie for distribution in China across some 10,000 theaters.
Produced by Passion Pictures (Australia) and Nitrogen Studios (Canada) with animation by Melboune-based Luma Pictures, the fantasy-adventure has been directed by Luke Jurevicius and based on the graphic novel/character brand Scarygirl created by his brother Nathan Jurevicius.
Arkie centers on a unique young girl who was abandoned as a child and raised by a kindly octopus. When her adoptive father is kidnapped and her world is overcast by darkness, Arkie must overcome her fears and journey to a mysterious city of light to rescue him from a dangerous scientist and save the planet from destruction.
The English-language voice cast is led by Shailene Woodley as Arkie and Jai Courtney as Dr. Maybee, with Internet personality Andrew Bachelor, a.k.a. King Bach.
The film has been pre-sold to Madman Ent. (Australia & New Zealand), Notorious (Italy), Best Film (Baltics), Dexin (ex-Yugoslavia), Phonencia (Middle East) and Captive (Philippines). Odin’s Eye Entertainment is the international rights agent for Arkie, while North America is handled by United Talent Agency.