Los Angeles-based multi-platform media company Shout! Factory has acquired all U.S. and Canada distribution rights to EuropaCorp’s CG-animated family adventure film Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart. The movie, helmed by Dionysos lead singer Mathias Malzieu and music video director Stéphane Berla in their feature debut, is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla and Luc Besson’s Europa. Shout! is planning a theatrical, VOD, SVOD, EST and TV rollout later this year. The company previously released Europa’s animated A Monster In Paris. Jack was adapted by Malzieu from his own 2007 novel and the gold-selling Dionysos album from the same year. The fairy tale is set in late-19th century Edinburgh where Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. His life is saved by inserting a cuckoo clock in its place, but it will work only if he observes three golden rules: He must never touch the hands of the clock, he must control his anger and he must never fall in love. When Jack sets eyes on a young girl singing on a street corner, the hands of his clock-heart begin to race and he heads out on a romantic quest that will take him from Scotland, to Paris to Andalusia. The English voice cast features Orlando Seale and Les Misérables’ Samantha Barks. The French version was released locally on February 5, to …
Another trailer for Les Misérables went up today, this one featuring new footage and Samantha Barks singing “On My Own”:
Cari Lynn is an AwardsLine contributor.
If Samantha Barks is a name that’s new, that’s because Les Misérables is the first film for this Isle of Man native, who plays Éponine, the unlikely martyr who sings of unrequited love in one of the most well-known songs, “On My Own.” Barks, 22, got her start at 17 years old, on the UK reality show I’d Do Anything, where singers auditioned for a revival of the musical Oliver!. Fortuitously, one of the judges was Cameron Mackintosh, the original producer of Les Mis, who also coproduced the film.
AwardsLine: You’re the only member of the starring cast to have also played your role on stage. How did this all come about for you?
Samantha Barks: After I’d Do Anything, I was lucky to get some fantastic (stage) jobs, the first one being Sally Bowles in Cabaret. A few years later, I got a call that Cameron would like to see me for Éponine. As a musical-theater girl, who’d sing a one-woman show of Les Mis in front of my mirror, just to get to audition was exciting! And then, on my opening night of Les Mis (in the West End), Cameron announced that he’d selected me to sing as Éponine at the 25th anniversary at The 02. After (a year in Les Mis), I ended up playing Nancy in Oliver!, which is where it all began, and it was there that Cameron announced on stage, during curtain call, that I would be playing Éponine in the film. I’d been auditioning for about 15 weeks on the buildup to that, but it was the most unique way in the world you could find out you’ve got a role.
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