Paramount Pulls “Little Prince” From Release

The upcoming French animated film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic children’s novel “The Little Prince” has been pulled without warning from the release schedule by its distributor Paramount Pictures.

IGN has confirmed with Paramount that the studio will no longer be distributing the film, and they didn’t provide an explanation for what happened.

Director Dan Osborns has penned a series of tweets about the pull, saying : “Many thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and support in these strange times. As it turns out, the much anticipated U.S. release of this special and unique film will have to be anticipated just a little bit more. All I can say is #thelittleprince will in fact be released by another distributor later this year. Until then, head to Canada! The film opens there in wide release this weekend!”

A combination of stop motion and 3D computer animation, the story follows a curious child prodigy, her eccentric old friend, and a boy from a far away planet. Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, and Albert Brooks lend their voices to the cast.

The film has opened overseas to very strong reviews and fairly good box-office which makes the news puzzling.