By Shane McGinley
Animation studio signs on to produce Postman Pat film for early 2013 release
Jordanian animation studio RGH Entertainment has signed a deal to produce the 3D film version of British children’s classic Postman Pat, the company confirmed in a statement.
RGH Entertainment, the animation wing of Rubicon Group Holding (RGH), will begin production on the film this month. The movie is slated for release in early 2013.
The classic British cartoon will be produced in association with US owners Classic Media, which also own the rights to children’s characters such as He-Man, Lassie, and Tintin.
Among the actors signed up to voice the characters include Moulin Rouge star Jim Broadbent, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and Dr Who actor David Tennant.
Rubicon in May said it had signed a deal with US media giants Paramount and CBS to launch a $1bn theme park and resort in Jordan.
The group plans to design and produce the Red Sea Astrarium, a 184-acre entertainment resort in Aqaba, Jordan. The entertainment resort will include a Star Trek-themed attraction inspired by the 2009 film Star Trek, which is being developed by Paramount Recreation.
The resort will generate jobs for 4,000 workers in the local community, the company said. It did not specify how the theme park would be funded.