StudioCanal & UMG Go “Around the World”

StudioCanal and Universal Music Group (UMG) are teaming on the upcoming 3D animated feature “Around the World in 50 Years”.

As part of this agreement, UMG will handle all North American theatrical, DVD, television and non-theatrical rights to the movie. Moreover, UMG will also handle the soundtrack album on a global basis.

The film, “a buddy movie with turtles for the 21st century,” is directed by Ben Stassen (Fly Me to the Moon) and is being produced at nWave’s Brussels studio.

The announcement of the deal follows straight after the film’s presentation to an exclusive, invitation-only audience at Cannes, as part of the international sales rollout.

The presentation – which included almost 15 minutes of spectacular “immersion” 3D footage – was crafted and presented by former Dreamworks marketing executive, Peter Dunne who has signed on as an animation consultant for Studio Canal.

The soundtrack album to the movie will be created by Jolene Cherry (Senior Vice President of A&R, Universal Records) and Vincent Herbert.

Around the World in 50 Years will be released in North America and internationally in Q4 2010.