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Paramount Pictures Pulls Plug on “The Little Prince” One Week Before Planned Release

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After bowing at Cannes last year and earning over $80 million overseas, director Mark Osborne’s (“Kung Fu Panda”) “The Little Prince” was expected to open in the U.S. on March 18th. However, the film’s distributor, Paramount Pictures, has pulled out of the deal and will not be releasing the movie next week after all.

No reason was given for the decision to cancel the release, though Paramount had not yet solidified plans for the theatrical run. “The Little Prince” still opened in Canada on Friday, but it looks as if U.S. fans will have to wait to see the movie until another distributor picks it up for release later this year.

“Many thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and support in these strange times,” Osborne wrote in a series of tweets. “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!”

Based on the classic children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the film combines stop motion and 3D computer animation to tell the tale of a curious child prodigy, her eccentric old friend, and a boy from a far away planet. Osborne’s adaptation has premiered already in most European, South American, and Asian markets, and debuted in the U.S. at this year’s Santa Barbara Internation Film Festival. Its all-star voice cast includes Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, and Albert Brooks.

Below, watch the movie’s trailer.

Comments

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    This movie looks pretty good. I am sad that it has been delayed now.

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    I made friends with the weird old man next door when I was growing up.
    Let’s just say it didn’t have a happy ending.
    Well, he had a happy ending but not me.
    Still can’t get clean.

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  • TerrenceEncore Jones

    I was so hoping to see this. Please keep us posted if someone else picks up the film.

  • NeonViolence666

    It will be online way before its released.

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    I’m surprised they actually ARE showing the “Poor little yuppie girl and weird old guy” framing subplot in the marketing–
    Most of the critical gushing has been over the artsy stop-motion of the actual book-story half of the movie, but the audience response to the commercial pandering modern CGI plot in the trailers has not been kind.
    For Paramount to promote JUST the “art” story half of the movie would be an even more damaging bait-and-switch, and the studio may already know that.

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