Paramount Drops ‘The Little Prince’ One Week Before Its U.S. Release

French Stop-Motion Movie

Paramount Pictures will reportedly no longer release the stop-motion animation film The Little Prince, which was set to open in the U.S. theaters next Friday, March 18.

However, they didn’t provide an explanation for what happened. The French animated version of the literary classic has opened overseas to very strong reviews and fairly good box-office which makes the news puzzling.

“Many thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and support in these strange times,” director Mark Osborne tweeted Saturday. “As it turns out, the much anticipated U.S. release of this special and unique film will have to be anticipated just a little bit more. All I can say is #thelittleprince will in fact be released by another distributor later this year. Until then, head to Canada! The film opens there in wide release this weekend!”

The Little Prince features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti and Benicio Del Toro, and will open as planned next weekend in Canada.

I guess that Viacom, who owns Paramount and Nickelodeon, must be really hurting financially – Nick is also spamming their Alvin/SpongeBob schedule. Elsewhere, the script is a little too on the nose and it’s a tricky film to market even with a beloved book at its core. The story dips into telling much of The Little Prince and then diverges into a surreal 3rd act, which is quite a tear jerker though.

Source: IGN