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Open Road Scoops Up Animated Feature ‘Playmobil’

Film based on toy line to be directed by Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo, who worked on “Frozen”

Open Road Films acquired U.S. distribution for the animated feature “Playmobil” on Thursday.

Following in the footsteps of “The Lego Movie” and other movies based on toy lines, the film will revolve around the popular Playmobil line of toys.

“Playmobil” will be directed by Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo, who was head of animation on Disney’s “Frozen.” This will mark his directorial debut.

The movie is set to open in theaters on Jan. 18, 2019.

“Playmobil” is being produced by the team behind “The Little Prince” (Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam and Alexis Vonarb) along with Axel Von Maydell from Morgen Studios and Moritz Borman.

The deal was brokered by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, COO and general counsel Elliott Kleinberg and senior vice president of production and acquisitions Sophie Cassidy. CAA and Barry Hirsch represent the producers.