Building on the success of the TV series, award-winning animation companies Xilam (France) and Zinkia (Spain) are launching the 75-minute SHURIKEN THE MOVIE at MIPTV.
The movie is in production, with delivery due August 2007.
Marc du Pontavice, founder and President of Xilam, said, "The SHURIKEN SCHOOL TV series has proved such a hit, not only selling into the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan and all major territories, but also building great audiences. We're currently rolling out an extensive licensing and merchandising campaign, and the logical next step was to extend the franchise and develop a movie. We're excited to be launching SHURIKEN THE MOVIE at MIP and look forward to announcing our first deals shortly."
Set during the summer holidays, the movie tracks the amusing adventures that best friends Eizan, Jimmy and Okuni find themselves in, when Eizan's dad gets kidnapped by a gang of professional Ninjas. As the boys set out to rescue Eizan's dad, practicing techniques learnt during their first year at ninja school, they discover the Jade Shuriken, an ancient symbol of extreme Ninja power which threatens Eizan's dreams of becoming a ninja. A series of events unravel as Eizan strives to clear his name, realize his dreams and secure his place at Shuriken School.
Xilam is handling worldwide distribution rights to SHURIKEN THE MOVIE, excluding Spain, Italy and Latin America, which are being handled by co-production partner Zinkia.
Xilam is one of Europe's leading animation companies, creating, producing and distributing content, both 2D and CG, for TV, film and new platform formats. For further information, visit www.xilam.com.