GKIDS, the American distributor behind 2015 animated Oscar nominees “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and “Song of the Sea,” has picked up North American rights to “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.” This animated telling of Gibran’s bestselling 1923 book played the festival circuit, including a Cannes premiere, last year. It has been slated for a summer 2015 release.
The film unfolds across standalone chapters by ten directors including Tomm Moore (“Song of the Sea”), Nina Paley (“Sita Sings the Blues”) and Bill Plympton (“Cheatin'”). Co-producer Salma Hayek fought hard to bring the celebrated Lebanese poet’s work to the screen, and helped close this deal.
The voice cast includes Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared (The English Patient), with additional music by songwriters Damien Rice, Oscar winner Glenn Hansard (Once), and Lisa Hannigan and performances by Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” was produced by Hayek, Clark Peterson, José Tamez and Ron Senkowski, and executive produced by Steve Hanson, François Pinault, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Julia Lebedev, Leonid Lebedev, Naël Nasr, Haytham Nasr, Jean Riachi, Julien Khabbaz and William Nix. The Doha Film Institute co-financed the film with Participant Media, MyGroup Lebanon, FFA Private Bank, Financiére Pinault and Code Red Productions.
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