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 Films.
About Bold FilmsBOLD 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 Ron Perlman. 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.