The new animated feature adaptation of “The Little Prince,” which has shaped up to be quite an international endeavor, is set to land in theaters in both France and the U.S. next year.
Director Mark Osborne is American, while the animation studio working on the film is Montreal-base Mikros Image Canada. Onyx Films, Studio Orange and Chapter 2, the film’s producers, are all French, as are the writers, Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière. The adapter, however, Irena Brignull, is English.
Osborne’s take on the beloved storybook written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will include not only the narrative of the book but also a story about a small girl who discovers it in the present day. The book’s material will be animated in stop motion, while 3D animation will be used for the present day sections.
Osborne directed 2008’s “Kung Fu Panda” for DreamWorks. The voice of the Little Prince himself is not yet known, but confirmed casting includes James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti.
“The Little Prince” will be released in France on October 7. Paramount will be releasing the film in the U.S.