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LevelK Boards Danish Animated Featured Closes Key Pre-Sales on Danish Animation Sequel ‘Checkered Ninja 2’

LevelK has boarded “Checkered Ninja 2,” the sequel to the hit animated feature co-directed by Anders Matthesen (“Terkel In Trouble”) and Thorbjørn Christoffersen (“Ronal the Barbarian”).

The sales company has acquired world rights excluding the Nordics on “Checkered Ninja 2,” which is the film adaptation of Matthesen’s bestselling eponymous children’s book. The plot revolves around Alex and the Checkered Ninja who embark on a frantic hunt for the villain Phillip Eppermint, who has evaded a prison sentence in Thailand.

“Checkered Ninja” broke Danish box-office records in 2018, selling 950,000 admissions, and traveled to more than 50 territories. In France, it was widely released on 500 screens after playing at the Annecy festival.

Matthesen, who penned the movie, said “the ambitions for this new film are even higher than on the first one.”

“Thorbjørn Christoffersen and I feel that we have a really good and funny story and that everything will look five to six times more expensive and greater than the first one,” said Matthesen, who added that the idea is to create a “film that will work as well for teenagers, grownups and elders as for children.”

“Checkered Ninja 2” is produced by Trine Heidegaard at Pop Up Production, whose credits include “Checkered Ninja,” “The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear,” “Ronal the Barbarian,” “Journey to Saturn” and “Terkel In Trouble,” and Anders Mastrup at A Film Production, the banner behind “Help! I am a fish” and “Journey to Saturn.”

“Checkered Ninja 2” was financed by Sudoku ApS, A Film Production A/S, Pop Up Production ApS, The Danish Fim Institute, Nordisk Film Distribution, YouSee and The Nordic Film & TV Fond. “Checkered Ninja 2” is scheduled to have its Danish release on Oct. 7.

LevelK has closed a flurry of major pre-sales on “Checkered Ninja 2,” the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster animated feature that broke a 35-year record at the Danish B.O. for a local film with 950,000 admissions. Directed by Anders Matthesen (“Terkel In Trouble”) and Thorbjørn Christoffersen (“Ronal the Barbarian”), the film also traveled to more than 50 territories.

Now in post-production, “Checkered Ninja 2” has pre-sold to Koba Films for France, Splendid for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. LevelK also pre-sold the feature to Spain and Colombia (Cinemaran).

The sales company is currently negotiating further deals at the EFM. The film’s producer, Trine Heidegaard (“Ronal the Barbarian”) from Pop Up Production, and animation director Thorbjørn Christoffersen will next week pitch the sequel at Cartoon Movie, the co-production market dedicated to animation.

“Checkered Ninja 2,” which is scheduled to have its local release in the fall, is the film version of Matthesen’s bestselling children’s book “Checkered Ninja 2.” The plot revolves around Alex and the Checkered Ninja who embark on a frantic hunt for the villain Phillip Eppermint, who has evaded a prison sentence in Thailand.

“We are super delighted with the job LevelK did selling in ‘Checkered Ninja’ and it was such a pleasure to see how dedicated many of the distributors worked with our film in their markets – and had success with it,” said Heidegaard and Anders Mastrup, who co-produced the film at A Film Production (“Journey to Saturn”). “We are full of hope and really excited to see how it goes for LevelK and Checkered Ninja 2 out there and how it will expand into new territories.”

“Checkered Ninja 2” is financed by Sudoku ApS, A Film Production A/S, Pop Up Production ApS, The Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film Distribution, YouSee and The Nordic Film & TV Fond.