Whaaaa? One week before Paramount Pictures was to distribute the new animated adaption of The Little Prince in America, the entire thing has been dropped, and no one will explain why. Premiering last year at the Cannes Film Festival, the movie earned rave reviews from critics, made back its budget in overseas revenue alone, and currently holds a 93% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Want to see it? Too bad.
Mark Osborne, director of The Little Prince, sent out this message today. Either he’s not allowed to reveal why the release was cancelled so close, or he doesn’t know the reason either.
“Many thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and support in these strange times. As it turns out, the much anticipated U.S. release of this special and unique film will have to be anticipated just a little bit more. All I can say is #thelittleprince will in fact be released by another distributor later this year. Until then, head to Canada! The film opens there in wide release this weekend!”
He’s not lying — our friends up north will get this movie on time with no hiccups. As for the US, The Little Prince currently has no release date at all. Osborne is confident that it’s only a matter of time, however.
UPDATE: At a Q&A this evening during a special screening, it was explained that The Little Prince was an independent production and not backed by any major studio. Paramount was merely the distributor, until they weren’t. However, the reason they dropped the film was not revealed.
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