Summertime Entertainment, Bernadette Peters, Lea Michele
Summertime Entertainment has inked a deal with Clarius Entertainment for a wide theatrical release, with significant prints & advertising support in the U.S. and Canada, for the 3-D animated musical film "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return." The release date will be slated for 1st quarter of 2014. As part of the pact, Home Entertainment will be provided by a major studio partner, with sub-distribution rights handled by others. The company is beginning discussions for international distribution for the film, which had a prior Working Title "Dorothy of Oz."
LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN is on schedule for completion in Summer 2013. The film features the voice talents of Lea Michele (Dorothy), Jim Belushi (Lion), Dan Aykroyd (Scarecrow), Kelsey Grammer (Tin Man) and Bernadette Peters (Glinda), each giving new life to familiar Oz characters. Patrick Stewart (Tugg), Hugh Dancy (Marshal Mallow), Megan Hilty (China Princess), Oliver Platt (Wiser) and Martin Short (the Jester) voice the series' new characters. The musical contains new original songs by legendary singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, and the film's soundtrack album will be released by Sony Entertainment's Columbia/Epic label.
"After six years of consistent effort, we are thrilled to be bringing this wonderfully-produced stereoscopic musical picture to the big screen. We are very grateful to our supportive group of financial partners who have made this 'labor of love' possible," said Summertime's Ryan Carroll. "We believe we've found the perfect partner with Clarius ."
"We're pleased to have this opportunity to work with the team at Summertime," said William Sadleir, Chairman of Clarius Entertainment. "We look forward to giving Legends of Oz its theatrical release and bringing this spirited animated musical to a family audience."