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Miramax to Release Magic Roundabout In U.S.

Miramax has acquired the North and South American distribution rights to CG-animated feature SPRUNG! THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT from Pathe Pictures Intl., reports VARIETY. In post-production and set to be completed in January, SPRUNG is based on the U.K. puppet TV series. Pathe will release the film in France and the U.K. in February.

The fantasy follows four unlikely heroes who must step forward to recover three magic diamonds, reverse the arrival of a brutal winter and return the evil ice sorcerer Zeebad to his underground jail. The voice cat includes Tom Baker, Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley, Bill Nighy, Ian McKellen, Robbie Williams, Ray Winstone and Kylie Minogue.

The film is being co-produced by France's Films Action and the U.K.'s Bolex Bros./SPZ. Jean Duval, Frank Passingham and Dave Borthwick are directing the feature.

Pascal and Laurent Rodon produced the film; exec producers are Jake Eberts, Ivernel, Cameron McCracken and Jill Sinclair. Raolf Sanoussi, Stephane Sanoussi and Paul Bassett Davies wrote the script, with additional dialogue by Ted Safran.

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