Lionsgate, Relativity Media ink multi-picture, multi-year deal

 MUMBAI: Lionsgate and media and entertainment company Relativity Media have announced that they have finalised a new multi-picture, multi-year deal. Lionsgate will, thus, acquire the US distribution rights for up to five Relativity Media productions per year.

The agreement builds upon the successful relationship established by the companies during the past two years, when they partnered on the films The Forbidden Kingdom, 3:10 To Yuma and The Bank Job.

Lionsgate president, Motion Picture Group Joe Drake says, "Ryan Kavanaugh and his colleagues at Relativity Media have built an extraordinary company that is one of the industry‘s most prolific suppliers of broad-appeal, talent-driven motion pictures. This agreement solidifies the long-term relationship we built together through successful partnerships on 3:10 To Yuma, The Forbidden Kingdom and The Bank Job. We are thrilled to bring these new movies into the Lionsgate family, adding to the tally of first-rate productions that will define the Lionsgate release slate going forward."

Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh says, "This deal represents a big step in the evolution of a partnership between two forward-thinking companies. Lionsgate is defined by its keen ability to take smart risks on compelling films. Lionsgate treats its distribution of films as an owner, thinking creatively about how to approach every film uniquely and maximize the value of each and every project. These films are in great hands thanks to this relationship."

The first title to be released under the new agreement is Brothers. The film is directed by Jim Sheridan My Left Foot and stars Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. This is a drama about the rivalry and ultimate redemption of two brothers in love with the same woman.

It will be followed by the supernatural thriller Season Of The Witch and the action/comedy The Spy Next Door, both of which are currently in post production.

Directed by Brian Levant, The Spy Next Door stars Jackie Chan as a mild-mannered suburbanite who agrees to babysit his neighbor‘s unruly kids, only to have them accidentally blow his cover as a secret agent. Additional titles will be announced at a future date.

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