RLJ Entertainment Acquires Pierce Brosnan Thriller 'I.T.'
RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated thriller I.T., directed by John Moore (Good Day to Die Hard; Max Payne), and written by Dan Kay (Pay the Ghost) and William Wisher, Jr. (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), the film stars Pierce Brosnan (The November Man, James Bond Franchise), Anna Friel (Marcella, Limitless), Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3, A.N.T. Farm) and James Frecheville (The Stanford Prison Experiment, ANIMAL Kingdom). RLJE plans to release I.T. in theaters and On Demand in September 2016. Mark Ward, RLJE's chief acquisitions officer, made the announcement today"We're excited to work with the very talented Pierce Brosnan," said Ward. "With Brosnan's mass appeal and a well-written script with exciting twists and turns, the film will prove to be an audience favorite." I.T. tells the story of Mike Regan (Brosnan), a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art "smart home." But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike's daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs to rely on his old connections to defeat a new kind of nemesis. I.T. is produced by David T. Friendly (Little Miss Sunshine), Beau St. Clair (The Thomas Crown Affair), Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt Locker; Dallas Buyers Club), and Craig J. Flores (300), and is executive produced by Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Rustam (Burying the Ex) Frank Hildebrand (Into the Wild; Fair Game), Elika Portnoy (Beast of No Nation) and Valentina Gardani (Pay the Ghost). Ward from RLJE negotiated the deal with Voltage on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT RLJ ENTERTAINMENT RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is an entertainment content distribution company in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE's titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming. With its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), RLJE targets distinct, premium audiences and Urban niche audiences. The company grows its proprietary digital channels through development, acquisition, and distribution of exclusive rights of program franchises and feature film content. Through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series FOYLE'S WAR and is developing new programs. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which manages 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. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn brand in NORTH AMERICA and the UK, the company also has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers. For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.TV, and UrbanMovieChannel.com. RLJ Entertainment's recent feature films include Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew FOX and Richard Jenkins and written & directed by S. Craig Zahler; Criminal Activities with John Travolta, Michael Pitt and Dan Stevens and directed by Jackie Earle Haley; The Cobbler with Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi and directed by Academy Award Winner Tom McCarthy; and Nina starring Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo and directed by Cynthia Mort. www.us.rljentertainment.com. ABOUT VOLTAGE PICTURES Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, leading feature film and television financing, production, and sales entity. The company has produced and financed films by legendary directors, such as William Friedkin (Killer Joe), Terry Gilliam (The Zero Theorem), Robert Redford (The Company You Keep); has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Hurt Locker (2010) directed by Kathryn Bigelow; and three Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. It has also backed the directorial debuts of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon), and Natalie Portman (A Tale of Love and Darkness), which was selected for Cannes in 2015. Voltage is in post production on the Untitled Detective Movie starring Bruce Willis and John Moore's IT starring Pierce Brosnan. Its upcoming releases also include Colossal directed by Nacho Vigalondo, starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, and Tim Blake Nelson; The Headhunter's Calling directed by Mark Williams, starring Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol and Alfred Molina; and LBJ directed by Rob Reiner, starring Woody Harrelson, Bill Pullman, Richard Jenkins, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.