AUSTIN, Texas--(Business Wire)--
Image Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE),
announced today the acquisition for all U.S. rights to Bold Films` new thriller
Evidence. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind), Evidence stars
Stephen Moyer ("True Blood," The Double) and Radha Mitchell ("Red Widow," Silent
Hill). All rights include theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital
and the company is planning a theatrical release this summer. Today`s
announcement was made at the SXSW festival by Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisition
Officer for Image Entertainment.
"Evidence is a unique, gripping and gritty thriller unlike others since it
constructs the story from the perspectives of the victims," commented Bromiley.
"The film`s final twist along with both Stephen`s and Rahda`s performance will
have audiences buzzing."
In Evidence, two detectives (Moyer and Mitchell) attempt to piece together what
happened at the scene of a brutal massacre using a number of recording devices
found at the crime scene. The footage reveals a group of bus passengers who were
forced to fight for their lives after they crash in the middle of the desert and
a mysterious killer violently murders them one by one. The detectives use the
scraps of video, shot by the victims, to hunt down the culprit. Dale Dickey
(Super 8, Winter`s Bone), Torrey DeVitto (I`ll Always Know What You Did Last
Summer), Caitlin Stasey (Tomorrow, When the War Began) and Harry Lennix (The
Matrix Revolutions) co-star. Michel Litvak and David Lancaster produced for Bold
Films, with Gary Michael Walters and Anthony Rhulen serving as Executive
Producers. Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Nik Mavinkurve produced on behalf of Marc
Platt Productions. John Swetnam provided the screenplay.
"We were attracted to this project because it has all the elements that elevate
the horror genre, delivering both a smart and scary theatrical experience for
fans," commented David Lancaster, co-President of Bold Films. "With Olatunde's
vision and top-notch talent like Radha and Stephen, we believe Evidence will
have moviegoers on the edge of their seats. We are delighted to partner with
Image to bring this film to the screen."
The deal was negotiated by Bill Bromiley, Mark Ward and Michael Bayer on behalf
of Image Entertainment with Miles Mogulescu and Alex Coffee on behalf of Bold
About Bold Films
BOLD FILMS is an independent production and film finance company dedicated to
providing an artistic haven for filmmakers. The company's most recent feature
was the award-winning Drive directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan
Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks and
BOLD is set to embark on its third production with Academy Award®-nominated
actor Ryan Gosling on How To Catch A Monster, which marks his debut as writer
and director. The film will star Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Ben
Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes. BOLD`s summer slate includes Only God Forgives,
starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas which will be released by RADiUS,
a division of The Weinstein Company.
BOLD is currently developing a TV series with Sony Television/SyFy Channel based
on their feature film Legion. Feature films include the award-winning drama
Bobby starring Anthony Hopkins and Shia LaBeouf, the supernatural thriller The
Hole directed by Joe Dante, and the indie Middle of Nowhere starring Anton
Yelchin and Susan Sarandon.
Founder/owner Michel Litvak and Co-Presidents David Lancaster and Gary Michael
Walters head BOLD FILMS.
About RLJ Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and
distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the
United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,200 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader
in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British
TV), Image (stand-up comedy, feature films), One Village (urban), Acacia
(fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art films) and
Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including
DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television
(including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical. Via its
majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE controls the
intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of
mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot.
And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and
billings relationships with millions of consumers.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize
existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its
branded digital subscription channels, and engages a distinct audience with
programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has
proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the
recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
Sue Procko, 310-836-6200 ext. 222
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