Lions Gate Films Caught ALONE IN THE DARK
Lions Gate Films, the motion picture acquisition, production and distribution arm of Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF; TSX: LGF), has picked up North American rights to ALONE IN THE DARK, the feature film adaptation of the hugely popular Sega video game. Directed and produced by Uwe Boll and written by Elan Mastai, Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer, Lions Gate plans a nationwide January 28th release.
"ALONE IN THE DARK is a perfect addition to our slate of horror/sci-fi genre films on the pulse of popular culture," said Tom Ortenberg, President of Lions Gate Films Releasing. "Uwe Boll has taken a game with a voracious following and turned it into a film which completely stands on its own," he added.
The deal was negotiated for Lions Gate by Peter Block, Lions Gate Films President of Acquisitions, Television and Co-Productions, Jason Constantine, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Wendy Jaffe, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs and Ortenberg with Peter Safran, President of Brillstein-Grey, Uwe Boll and Karyn Edwards & Shawn Williamson of Bright Light Pictures on behalf of the filmmaker.
"I'm really happy that Lions Gate is releasing ALONE IN THE DARK. The game has millions of fans worldwide and our movie turns out as very intelligent supernatural thriller with great actors and creatures," stated director and producer Boll.
In ALONE IN THE DARK, Edward Carnby (Slater), detective of the paranormal, unexplained and supernatural, investigates the recent, mysterious death of a friend with clues leading to "Shadow Island," that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world.
About Boll KG:
BOLL KG also produced "BloodRayne" starring Kristanna Loken, Sir Ben Kingsley, Matt Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Madsen which shot in Romania. The production company is currently developing the feature film adaptation of "Hunter: The Reckoning" with shooting slated for March 2005 in the Greater Vancouver area.
About Brightlight Pictures:
A feature film and television production company based in Vancouver and Victoria, BC, Brightlight Pictures develops, finances and produces independent feature films and television projects for the domestic and international marketplace. Company principals and producers, Stephen Hegyes and Shawn Williamson, have produced over 55 productions in the last 12 years and over 15 productions since the launch of the company in 2001. Projects include "The Long Weekend" a Canada / UK co-production between Brightlight Pictures and Gold Circle Films UK starring Chris Klein and Brendan Fehr. Also in partnership with Gold Circle Films UK, Brightlight Pictures produced "Jiminy Glick in LaLa Wood," starring Martin Short. The film had been chosen for the closing night gala event at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. Brightlight Pictures recently Line Produced "Edison" for Millennium Films and Emmett Furla Films starring Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J and Justin Timberlake. Brightlight Pictures also produced "BloodRayne" starring Kristanna Loken, Sir Ben Kingsley, Matt Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Madsen which shot in Romania. The production company is currently developing the feature film adaptation of "Hunter: The Reckoning" with shooting slated for March 2005 in the Greater Vancouver area. More information about Brightlight Pictures can be found at www.brightlightpictures.com.
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