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'The Little Prince' Film Adaptation to Be Released in France and U.S. Next Year

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 11, 2014 at 1:45PM

The new film adaptation of "The Little Price," which has shaped up to be quite an international endeavor, is set to land in theaters in both France and the U.S. next year.
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"The Little Prince"
"The Little Prince"

The new animated feature adaptation of "The Little Prince," which has shaped up to be quite an international endeavor, is set to land in theaters in both France and the U.S. next year.

Director Mark Osborne is American, while the animation studio working on the film is Montreal-base Mikros Image Canada.  Onyx Films, Studio Orange and Chapter 2, the film's producers, are all French, as are the writers, Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière. The adapter, however, Irena Brignull, is English.

Osborne's take on the beloved storybook written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will include not only the narrative of the book but also a story about a small girl who discovers it in the present day.  The book's material will be animated in stop motion, while 3D animation will be used for the present day sections.

Osborne directed 2008's "Kung Fu Panda" for DreamWorks.  The voice of the Little Prince himself is not yet known, but confirmed casting includes James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti.

"The Little Prince" will be released in France on October 7.  Paramount will be releasing the film in the U.S.

This article is related to: James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Guillermo Del Toro, Paul Giamatti


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.