Over the past week there has been a lot of coverage in the Cinema press about Dreamworks
acquisition of Satoshi Kon
's Millennium Actress
. This item has also been reported as news by a few Anime Web sites. ANN hasn't reported on the fact because it was news months ago
when Satoshi Kon
himself announced on his website that the film had been picked up by Dreamworks
, however for the benefit of our newer readers...
LOS ANGELES, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreamworks
SKG has licensed the worldwide distribution rights for the highly acclaimed Japanese animated film "Millennium Actress
" from The Klockworx Co., Ltd.
Los Angeles-based Digital Manga, Inc. assisted in forging the deal, which marks the studio's first acquisition of an anime film and includes all forms of distribution, including theatrical, home video, television, and ancillary rights, and covers all markets with the exception of Asia. Based in Tokyo, The Klockworx Co., Ltd.
will oversee the film's release in Asia.
Directed by acclaimed director Satoshi Kon
"), "Millennium Actress
" is a romantic adventure story that explores the life and career of a reclusive actress. The film has received numerous awards and has garnered wide critical acclaim since its debut at the 2001 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, where it was named Best Animated Film and received the Fantasia Ground-Breaker Award for Artistic Innovation. The film was recently awarded the prestigious Media Arts Festival Grand Prize by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs
, and was the first ever recipient of the Sitges 2001 Orient Express Award spotlighting Asian genre films.Dreamworks
SKG was formed in October 1994 by its three principal partners -- Steven Spielberg
, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen -- as a single company to produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films and television programs; network and cable television programming; records; books; toys and consumer products.