‘Chickenhare’ sequel based on Dark Horse comics draws buyers| Trending Viral hub

The CGI animated sequel to “Chicken and the hamster of darkness”, the successful adventure film based on Dark horse comics that were sold around the world, has attracted buyers ahead of the European film market.

Titled “Hare and the Very Very (Very) Old Groundhog,” the film has a budget of $23 million (a large budget by European production standards) and brings back the creative team behind the first film. Benjamin Mosqueta directs, while Dave Collard wrote the screenplay, based on “Chickenhare,” the graphic novels written and illustrated by Chris Grin and published by Dark Horse Comics.

The film, which is expected to be released by the end of the year, is produced by nWave Pictures et Octopolis, in association with Sony Pictures International Releasing. NWave and Octopolis are handling international sales and will present the project to buyers at the European Film Market with a promotional video. The producers are Matthieu Zeller and Matthieu Gondinet.

A number of international distributors have already signed on for the animated sequel, including Benelux (BelgaFilm), Spain (A Contracorriente), Greece (TFG), Scandinavia and Iceland (Scanbox), Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania (Vertical), Czech Republic and Slovakia. (AQS), former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Russia (Volga), Baltics and Ukraine (AdAstra), Turkey (Filmarti), Lebanon and Gulf (Salim Ramiah), South Africa (Film Finity), Africa (Les Films 26) and Vietnam (Blue Lantern).

The first installment was sold to Sony in France and was acquired by Netflix in the US, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, where it was in the top three for several weeks.

Octopolis and nWave are part of MZM, the production group launched by Matthieu Zeller, a highly respected former Studiocanal executive. Previously, the two companies teamed up to handle international sales of “Chickenhare” and “Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness.”

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