Shirley Li
September 10, 2015 AT 08:01 PM EDT

The record-breaking Chinese blockbuster Monster Hunt is heading across the Pacific, thanks to distribution company FilmRise, which has acquired exclusive North American rights to the live-action and CGI film. Screen Daily first reported the deal. 

Directed by Raman Hui, who served as supervising animator on the first two Shrek films, Monster Hunt is set in a mythical world based on medieval China, where a “monster” race exists alongside humans. When a baby monster named “Huba” is born to a human man and monster queen, both races threaten the newborn’s existence.  

Since its release mid-July in China, the film has become the highest-grossing Chinese film in history, raking in nearly $370 million. It’s on pace to become the highest-grossing movie of all time in China, a title currently held by Furious 7.

Monster Hunt will arrive in American theaters in early 2016.

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