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Open Road Films Acquires ‘Duck Duck Goose’ Feature from Original Force

Animated family comedy featuring the voices of Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Lance Lim flies into theaters nationwide on April 20, 2018.

LOS ANGELES -- Open Road Films has acquired all US rights to the animated family comedy Duck Duck Goose, which was produced and financed by Original Force, Ltd. The deal was jointly announced yesterday by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Harley Zhao, President and CEO of Original Force. Open Road will release the film on April 20, 2018.

Featuring the voices of Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Lance Lim, Duck Duck Goose is directed by Christopher Jenkins, written by Jenkins and Rob Muir, and produced by Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. GFM Films and GFM Animation are handling international sales on the family film at Cannes.

In Duck Duck Goose, a high-flying bachelor goose named Peng (voiced by Jim Gaffigan) is injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two adorably hilarious and demanding ducklings (voiced by Zendaya and Lance Lim) on a long journey south that turns the scrappy threesome into a family. Duck Duck Goose also features the voices of Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, Reggie Watts, Diedrich Bader, Jennifer Grey, Rick Overton, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Fry and the legendary Carl Reiner.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Harley Zhao and the team at Original Force,” stated Ortenberg. “Sandy and Penney are legends in animation having launched Sony Pictures Animation and DreamWorks Animation, and their impressive track record developing and producing commercial and critical hits in this space speaks for itself. In addition to being a wholly original story filled with lovably funny and relatable characters that the entire family will enjoy, the animation in Duck Duck Goose is truly superb and the project is a welcome addition to our 2018 slate.”

Duck Duck Goose has been an amazing international collaboration from start to finish and we could not be more proud of the artistry, storytelling and the dazzling animation accomplished by the team at Original Force Animation. Everyone from China to Culver City is delivering a visually stunning and enchanting film that all audiences will fall in love with all over the world,” said Finkelman Cox and Rabins.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, CEO, General Counsel Marni Richman, and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Production Lejo Pet. Scott Edel from Loeb & Loeb negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers. 

Source: Original Force