Date: 2006 November 02 16:58
Posted by Joe
The friendly guys over at ADV Films UK have sent us details of their latest acquistion from Production IG, Le Chevalier D'Eon. Currently they haven't set a release date which is a bit of a pain, not even a rough time frame is mentioned, however it does say that they have UK Video, TV and Video on Demand rights.
Press release as follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ADV ACQUIRES LE CHEVALIER D'EON FOR THE UK
NEW HISTORICAL EPIC FROM PRODUCTION I.G. licensed for uk release
LONDON, UK, 2nd November 2006
ADV Films, the leading producer-distributor of anime in the U.K., is proud to announce the acquisition of hit animated series Le Chevalier D'Eon, in a deal with Shochiku, Japan's leading entertainment conglomerate.
Under terms of the deal, ADV has acquired UK video, TV and VOD rights, although no release date has been set. "We are extremely pleased at the chance to bring such a prestigious title to the U.K.," said Sharon Papa, Managing Director of ADV Films. "The title is ideal for the U.K. audience, and we look forward to doing it justice in this territory."
Shochiku's high profile gothic mystery series Le Chevalier D'Eon is directed by acclaimed director Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Get Backers, Rurouni Kenshin) from an original story by Tow Ubukata (Fafner), who is also credited as story supervisor. Still airing in Japan on WOWOW, the animation production is from Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, Otogi Zoshi, Cromartie High School).
D'Eon de Beaumont is a handsome intellect who actually lived in the 18th century. D'Eon was known as a diplomat who traveled around various countries under the French king's command. But his most peculiar trait was that he managed to pass himself off as a woman. The core of the story is based on the mysterious hero and the historical facts. Truth has been erased in the darkness of history - a great epic that far exceeds imagination is finally revealed in all its intricate detail.
What the Press Said:
"[One of the] best anime you haven't seen" Anime Insider
"A real winner ... one of the season's best new series." Anime News Network
Founded in 1895, Shochiku functions as a highly-tuned vertically integrated entertainment entity, encompassing feature film and television production, theatrical distribution of Japanese & foreign motion pictures, worldwide sales, exhibition, DVD and home video distribution and the Kabuki Theater.
Shochiku operates one of the most successful motion picture divisions in Japan. The company has produced a number of critically and financially successful films, including the 2004 Academy Award™ nominee for best foreign language film "The Twilight Samurai," directed by Yoji Yamada, the first Japanese Academy Award nomination for a live-action film in 22 years. ()
About ADV Films:
ADV Films is the leading producer-distributor of Japanese animation ("anime") in the United Kingdom, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Spriggan, Samurai X, RahXephon, Hellsing, Martian Successor Nadesico and Full Metal Panic! In addition, ADV Films distributes select fine programming in other genres, including live-action science-fiction titles such as the legendary updated Gamera films. Aside from moving-picture content production and distribution, ADV Films' U.S. parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., is the publisher of Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and is the operator of North America's Anime Network cable channel. In addition to the London office, A.D. Vision, Inc. maintains world headquarters in Houston, Texas, USA with additional studios in Austin, Texas and offices in Tokyo.