We have the official press release right here so you lovely ghouls can read it for yourself. Are you excited?
SANTA MONICA, CA May 14, 2013 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced today that it has acquired from Exclusive Media the North American distribution rights to the Hammer production of THE QUIET ONES, a supernatural thriller starring Jared Harris and Sam Claflin and will bring the film to theatres next year on April 25, 2014. John Pogue directed the film from a script he wrote as well. The project was produced by Tobin Armbrust, Exclusive Media’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions, and Simon Oakes, President and CEO of Hammer and Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media, along with James Gay-Rees, Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Travelling Picture Show Company (TPSC). Lionsgate previously picked up the UK distribution rights to the film with plans to release theatrically in that territory. The announcement was made today by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.
Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said, “At Lionsgate, we have a long tradition of bringing original, distinctive horror movies to audiences. Director John Pogue demonstrates a mastery of the genre in this terrifying, jump-out-of-your seat movie inspired by actual events and co-starring actors Sam Claflin and Jared Harris, who are already part of the Lionsgate family. We can’t wait for moviegoers to experience THE QUIET ONES.”
THE QUIET ONES is inspired by true events and tells the story of an unorthodox, but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.
Lionsgate’s acquisition of THE QUIET ONES reflects the studio’s traditional leadership within the horror thriller genre. Lionsgate/Twisted Pictures’ SAW franchise grossed approximately $700 worldwide, making it the most successful longrunning horror franchise in history. More recently, the studio claimed four straight box office successes within the genre: CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE POSSESSION, TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, and Summit Entertainment’s SINISTER.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate by Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Eda Kowan, SVP of Acquisitions, and Wendy Jaffe, EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, and by CAA on behalf of Hammer.
Simon Oakes added, “We are delighted that Lionsgate is so passionate about THE QUIET ONES and are excited to be teaming with them to release the film in both the US and UK. We are thrilled to be going to Cannes with an impressive list of distribution sales.”
THE QUIET ONES is John Pogue’s second directorial feature film following QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL and his eighth title as writer, having worked on THE SKULLS trilogy, GHOST SHIP, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS and his first film, U.S. MARSHALS in 1998.
Part of the cast of Lionsgate/AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ since 2009, SAG Award-winning British actor Jared Harris is well known for his role as Lane Pryce in the series which also earned him an Emmy Award nomination. Most recently Harris was seen in Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated LINCOLN. Harris’s other credits include SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, MR. DEEDS and LOST IN SPACE. He will next appear in Screen Gems’ THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES due out in August.
British actor Sam Claflin made his debut in the Starz/Channel 4 TV drama ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ alongside Hayley Atwell and Eddie Redmayne, before being cast in Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. Following this breakout film role, Claflin has gone on to appear alongside Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and will soon be seen alongside Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence in the next instalment of THE HUNGER GAMES franchise, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE.
The film has already secured international distribution in a number of key territories including Lionsgate in the UK as well as EEAP for Eastern Europe and CIS, Independent for Benelux, Ascot Elite for Switzerland, CDC for Latin America, CCC for Japan, Nu Metro for South Africa and Front Row for the Middle East.
Other territory deals for the film include Deltamac for Hong Kong, Tanweer for India and Pakistan, D Productions for Turkey, Village Roadshow for Greece, Sam Films for Iceland, United King for Israel, PT Amero for Indonesia, Lotus Five Star for Malaysia, Cathay for Singapore, M Pictures for Thailand and Vietnam, Pioneer for Philippines and Star TV for SE Asia.
Remaining international sales will be handled by Alex Walton, Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
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