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Toonz adapts Wilde’s Canterville Ghost

The main production of The Canterville Ghost will be handled by Toonz’s Indian studios

Kids-focused prodco Toonz Media Group in India is coproducing an animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story The Canterville Ghost with UK-based Space Age Films and Gina Carter and Stephen Fry’s Sprout Pictures.

The Canterville Ghost tells the story of an American family who move into a house in England that has been haunted by a ghost for 300 years.

Animation production for the feature will be undertaken at Toonz’s studios in India, with pre- and post-production taking place at its UK and Ireland studios. Kim Burdon is directing.

Intended for delivery in 2021, The Canterville Ghost has been pre-sold into territories including German-speaking Europe, Russia and CIS, Poland, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Israel, according to Cinema Management Group, which is handling sales.

Space Age Films’ managing and creative director, Robert Chandler, said: “I am delighted with the relationship we have forged with CMG and Toonz to bring this picture to life. Wilde speaks to people of all ages. So, too, will Canterville, with its tale of an uptight American family moving into a British stately home only to find it haunted by a grouchy old ghost.

“Oscar’s genius was in crafting a story where every character feels they are doing the right thing. The American family are as real and lovable, with their own concerns and worries about the world, as the eccentric English ghost. The battlefield is the house and its grounds. Sparks fly and comedy is the result.”

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