‘The Journey’ will initially be released in Arabic and Japanese, with the possibility of an English dub to follow.
Dubai-based VOX Cinemas has secured the MENA distribution rights for The Journey, an animated film co-produced by Saudi company Manga Productions and Japan’s Toei Animation.
Manga has also announced that the film based on Saudi folklore and directed by Japan’s Shizuno Kobun will be going out in Japan via Toei subsidiary T-Joy.
Manga Productions has fully financed the production valued at $10-15m, which is currently in post, according to Arabian Industry.
Commenting on the development, Manga Productions CEO Essam Bukhary told Arab News that the film is “a milestone project” for his company “as it validates our efforts to become the regional leader and a global pioneer in the animation and values-driven content space.”
The film will be screened at the Cannes Film Market in May to allocate prospective buyers for the feature.