Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to Adventures of the Penguin King, a documentary from Atlantic Productions that tracks the exploits of a King Penguin.
The film (pictured above) is narrated by actor Tim Allen and shot entirely in 4K 3D. Cinedigm is planning a multi-platform release this winter.
Adventures of the Penguin King comprises footage from the same shoot as Atlantic’s doc The Penguin King 3D, but has a different script, narrator and treatment from the David Attenborough-narrated doc that was previously released in the UK on Sky and in theaters.
The new film has been re-cut with significant scene changes; a new, family friendly narration script, written by writer Phillip LaZebnik (Pocohantas, Prince of Egypt); and Allen (Toy Story) narrates in the first person as ‘Rex’, the King Penguin hero.
“King Penguins are surprisingly expressive, full of character, and despite the harsh realities of filming for five months in the remote Antarctic, we were able to capture a moving and irresistibly comic story of one penguin’s challenge to find a mate and raise a chick,” said Anthony Geffen, the film’s producer and Atlantic Productions’ CEO.
“We’re delighted that in Cinedigm we’ve found a partner to bring this warm-hearted and compelling film to theaters in the U.S. and Canada.”
Vincent Scordino, Cinedigm’s VP of theatrical acquisitions, added: “The demand for high quality, family-friendly features has never been stronger and we’re thrilled to be continuing our expansion into this space with Atlantic Productions as partners. Families will be captivated and moved by this wonderfully exciting story and the wildly entertaining Tim Allen.”
The film was produced in association with UK network BSkyB and U.S.-based Galileo Digital Entertainment. Scordino negotiated the deal on behalf of Cinedigm with John Morris of Atlantic Productions.