GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to MFKZ, released under the name "Mutafukaz" in international territories, from France's Ankama and Japan's Studio 4°C. Co-directed by Guillaume "Run" Renard and Shôjirô Nishimi, GKIDS will release the film theatrically on October 11th 2018 including a new English-language version.

The work falls within a modern approach blending stylized drawings, pulp references and strong urban culture. His first animated short Operation Blackhead(selected at Sundance, 2003) was a precursor to the MFKZ universe. In 2006, Ankama Editions published the first volume of MFKZ and in 2008 Run created Label 619, a literary collection of comics and artbooks with urban-inspired designs and vintage pop culture references.

Shôjirô Nishimi is a director of animated films known for his realistic productions and spectacular action scenes. His use of original characters with distinctive proportions immediately attracts his viewers' attention, and his unique, delicate universe is the culmination of his artistic brilliance. He worked as director of animation on Tekkonkinkreet, which was awarded Best Animated Film at the Japanese Academy.

"We have known the team at GKIDS for some time, and we are thrilled that MFKZ marks our first partnership. We look forward to supporting the team in bringing the film to North American audiences," said Frédéric Puech, MFKZ Associate Producer at Ankama.

Catch MFKZ in US theaters October 11.