Briarcliff Entertainment and GFM Animation Conquer North America with Animated Family Comedy “10 Lives”; Zayn Malik, Bill Nighy and More Among the Voice Actors - Latest Global News

Briarcliff Entertainment and GFM Animation Conquer North America with Animated Family Comedy “10 Lives”; Zayn Malik, Bill Nighy and More Among the Voice Actors

EXCLUSIVE: Briarcliff Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Chris Jenkins’ animated family comedy 10 lives, in collaboration with GFM Animation. World premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the film features the voices of singer-songwriter Zayn Malik, Bill Nighy (Life) and more will be released in cinemas nationwide on October 11th.

The film introduces audiences to Beckett, a spoiled and selfish cat who takes his life for granted until he loses his ninth life. But fate has a wild ride in store that catapults him on a hilarious and eye-opening journey of self-realization.

Also with Mo Gilligan (The late show), Simone Ashley (Bridgerton), Sophie Okonedo (Slow horses), Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso) and Dylan Lewellyn (Derry girls), the film is produced by Guy Collins and Sean Feeney. Briarcliff CEO Tom Ortenberg will join the executive producers.

In addition to playing the lead role, Malik also served as the film’s executive music producer, writing and performing two of his original songs. Another piece, “See Me,” which he performs as a duet with Ashley, was written by Mary Steenburgen.

In a statement to Deadline, producer Collins explained: “10 lives is GFM Animation’s first entirely self-made animated film and a complete team effort. We’re thrilled how, with Chris Jenkins’ direction and L’Atelier’s outstanding CG animation, we’ve been able to deliver a truly great film that children and families around the world can enjoy.”

He added: “When the film was selected for Sundance – an animated film from over 4,000 films submitted – we were determined to make our mark on our British film, which was well received by both audiences and critics.” We know that we are in safe hands with Tom and his team at Briarcliff when it comes to giving the film the best possible reception in US theaters, complementing the global rollout currently underway with our existing strong team of international distributors. “

Ortenberg added: “We are thrilled to be working with the talented team at GFM Animation and director Chris Jenkins. Creating an animated feature film for families is about more than just creating entertainment; It’s about curating moments that resonate, spark joy and create cinematic memories for the whole family. Jenkins and the GFM team did just that. Together we want to bring this incredible film to theaters this fall.”

The deal was made by WME’s Victoria Romley as domestic representative 10 lives Productions, with Jessica Rose & Ortenberg for Briarcliff Entertainment and Collins for GFM Animation.

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