The animated feature “The Canterville Ghost” will be getting a theatrical release in the US courtesy of Shout! Studios and Blue Fox Entertainment. The film has already played as an Official Selection of the 2023 Annecy Animation Film Festival and has been well received. It is expected to hit theaters just in time for Halloween.
“The Canterville Ghost” is a reimagining of a short story by Oscar Wilde by the same name. It tells the story of an American family that moves into Canterville Chase, a recently purchased country home in England, only to find its haunted. Turns out Sir Simon de Canterville (Stephen Fry) has been haunting the grounds for over 300 years, but he meets his match when he tries to scare out its new tenants.
The voice cast also includes Hugh Laurie (“House”), Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”), Emily Carey (“House of the Dragon”), David Harewood (“Supergirl”), Meera Syal (“Yesterday”), Miranda Hart (“Spy”), Toby Jones (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), and Imelda Staunton (“The Crown”). “The Canterville Ghost,” is directed by Kim Burdon (“Stressed Eric”) and co-director Robert Chandler (“The Amazing Maurice”), from a screenplay by Giles New and Keiron Self. New and Self previously penned the script for the Sky original film “A Christmas Number One,” together.
The acquisition of “The Canterville Ghost,” is part of a multi-year alliance between Shout! Studios and Blue Fox Entertainment.
“We are thrilled about this new opportunity to work with CMG following our successful release with Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon. Furthermore, we’re excited to be collaborating with Blue Fox Entertainment,” Shout! Studios’ EVP, Kids & Family Entertainment, Melissa Boag, said. “This unique opportunity brings together the entrepreneurial spirit and expertise that have defined three great independent media companies. Together, we look forward to presenting this captivating feature to a broad audience.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the amazing team at Shout! Studios and take this animated family ghost story to theatrical audiences across the country just in time for Halloween,” Blue Fox Entertainment founder James Huntsman said.
The film is produced by Robert Chandler of Space Age Films, Gina Carter of Sprout Pictures, P. Jayakumar of Toonz Media Group, and Nadia Khamlichi and Martin Metz of Align. Executive producers include Fry, Khamlichi, Jayakumar, Jerry Hibbert, Bob Benton, Hilary Strong, Edward Noeltner, Nessa McGill, and Pual Cummins, with Paul, Grindey, and Charles Moore.
While “The Canterville Ghost” has already opened in Ireland, a firm release date for the US isn’t set just yet. We’ll keep you posted on news about this project as it becomes available. You can check out the trailer below: