FilmDistrict Picks Up ‘Olympus Has Fallen’; Thriller Set For April 5, 2013 Release

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 3:55pm PDT

FilmDistrict has acquired domestic distribution rights to the White House action thriller Olympus Has Fallen. The company will release the Millennium Films-produced movie April 5, 2013, in the U.S. This puts the picture ahead of … Read More »

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Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Gets October 2013 Release Date

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 11:14am PDT

FilmDistrict so far has October 11, 2013 all to itself on the release schedule with Oldboy, which stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson in a remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 cult suspense thriller. … Read More »

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Toronto: FilmDistrict Grabs U.S. Rights To Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 7:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: FilmDistrict grabbed US distribution rights to Oldboy, the Spike Lee-directed remake of the crazy South Korean suspense film. Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley star. Roy Lee and Doug Davison via Vertigo Entertainment and Nathan Kahane on behalf … Read More »

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‘Red Dawn’ World Premiere To Close Fantastic Fest

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 10:35am PDT

Red Dawn Fantastic FestRed Dawn, based on the 1984 film of the same name, stars Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, and Adrianne Palicki and will have its world premiere September 27 at the Austin-based festival. … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Playing For Keeps’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 2:26pm PDT

Here’s a look at Gerard Butler as a retired soccer pro in Playing For Keeps. Butler’s character suffers from a roving eye that ruined his marriage and alienated his son (Noah Lomax), and he moves closer to them to try to mend the relationships. Directed by Gabriele Read More »

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FilmDistrict Renames Gerard Butler Soccer Comedy ‘Playing For Keeps’

By | Monday July 16, 2012 @ 7:21pm PDT

The newly titled Playing For Keeps (formerly Playing The Field) remains set for a December 7 wide release from FilmDistrict, which acquired the title at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The Nu Image/Millennium Films comedy stars Gerard Butler … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Hires New Line’s Elissa Greer As SVP Publicity

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 2:56pm PDT

Related: FilmDistrict Hires Trio Of Marketing Execs

LOS ANGELES – June 25, 2012 –Independent North American distributor FilmDistrict announced today that Elissa Greer has joined the studio as Senior Vice President of Publicity, overseeing the Company’s domestic theatrical publicity and promotional campaigns. Greer, a seasoned executive who built her career at the independently oriented New Line Cinema, will report to Christine Birch, FilmDistrict’s President of Marketing, who made today’s announcement. The hiring of Greer completes the senior executive team working under Birch, a team that shares a wide range of experience, a passion for film, and the desire to build FilmDistrict into a market leader.

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‘Dead Man Down’ Gets Release Date

By | Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 11:26am PDT

FilmDistrict has announced an April 5, 2013 release date for the Niels Arden Oplev-helmed Dead Man Down. The film stars Colin Farrell as Victor, a professional killer and the right-hand man to an underground crime … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Hires Trio Of Marketing Execs

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 5:37pm PDT

Following a busy Cannes Film Festival and hires of Christine Birch as president of marketing and Jim Orr as president of distribution, FilmDistrict has brought aboard three additional marketing executives: Tracy Pollard as SVP creative advertising, Brad Goldberg as SVP media and Anna Baxter as SVP digital marketing. Along with those appointments FilmDistrict veteran Adrian Alperovich has been promoted to chief operating officer. Alperovich most recently was president of acquisitions and operations. Pollard’s diverse resume includes campaigns for It’s Complicated, Despicable Me, and more recently Limitless, Haywire and Immortals. Goldberg has worked media on the studio and agency side, most recently SVP media and promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Baxter most recently worked at Universal McCann.
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FilmDistrict Buys U.S. Rights To Colin Farrell-Noomi Rapace Pic ‘Dead Man Down’

Mike Fleming

Colin Farrell Dead Man DownEXCLUSIVE: FilmDistrict has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to Dead Man Down, a romantic thriller being directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper. Rapace and Oplev teamed in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and she next stars in the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus.

It is the second significant acquisition of the Cannes Film Festival by FilmDistrict, which also acquired the horror film Oculus from Intrepid Pictures.

Noomi Rapace Dead Man DownScripted by J.H. Wyman (Fringe), Dead Man Down stars Farrell as the right-hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City who is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge.

The $30 million film is being financed by IM Global and WWE Studios. Original Films’ Neal H. Moritz is producing with Wyman through his Frequency Films shingle. FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel is executive producer along with Ori Marmur, Stuart Ford, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Deepak Nayar, and WWE Films’ Michael Luisi. The film began shooting in Philadelphia and New York in April and FilmDistrict will release it in the fall of 2013. Read More »

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FilmDistrict Acquires ‘Oculus’: Cannes

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 1:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

FilmDistrict has acquired Intrepid Pictures’ horror feature Oculus, to be directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard based on Flanagan’s acclaimed short film. Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce and are fully financing … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis In ‘Looper’

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT

In this futuristic thriller, when the mob wants to rub out an enemy, they dispatch their target back in time 30 or so years where a Looper — in this case Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) will take care of the job. Which presents a problem when Joe’s employers decide to close … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Hires Jim Orr As President Of Distribution

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 4:32pm PDT Orr has joined FilmDistrict as the new president of distribution, CEO Peter Schlessel announced this afternoon. Orr will oversee all aspects of FilmDistrict’s feature distribution and will report directly to Schlessel. This follows Sclessel’s recent hiring of Christine Birch as president of marketing, and positions key executives at FilmDistrict as the company prepares for the Cannes Film Festival and market next month. Orr will oversee distribution of FilmDistrict’s slate, including Lockout (via Open Road) which opens tomorrow, Safety Not Guaranteed (June 8), Looper, in conjunction with Endgame Entertainment and Sony Pictures (September 28), Red Dawn (also via Open Road, November 2) Playing the Field (December 25) and Parker (January 25, 2013). Also in the works is a “reimagining” of the horror cult classic Evil Dead, in conjunction with Ghost House Pictures and Sony Pictures, and a sequel to Insidious, distributed by FilmDistrict. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’

By | Saturday March 31, 2012 @ 11:05am PDT

This whimsical indie was inspired by a classified ad seeking “someone to go back in time with me” — Safety Not Guaranteed. The feature debut of director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly screened at Sundance and South by Southwest earlier this year. Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Hires Christine Birch As Marketing President

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Peter Schlessel has begun re-staffing FilmDistrict’s distribution operation, hiring Christine Birch to be president of marketing. He has pledged to have a distribution head in place by the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. All this to replace Bob Berney and Jeanne Berney, who departed right after Oscar season. Schlessel placed several … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Partners With Sierra/Affinity On ‘WER,’ Next Film By ‘The Devil Inside’ Team

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 2:18pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: FilmDistrict has taken an equity stake in WER, a horror film that is directed by The Devil Inside helmer William Brent Bell that is expected to be one of the hot titles at Berlin later this week. Bell wrote the script with Matthew Peterman, with whom he scripted The Devil Inside, a sleeper low budget horror film which has grossed $53 million domestic for Paramount. Shooting begins April 9. FilmDistrict could end up as the film’s domestic distributor, but that hasn’t yet been decided as Peter Schlessel’s distribution company recalibrates and should have new heads of distribution and marketing by Cannes. FilmDistrict, which is working on a sequel to Insidious and a remake of Evil Dead and is up for four Spirit Awards for Drive, will finance the film alongside Sierra/Affinity and its partner, the Incentive Filmed Entertainment fund. Read More »

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FilmDistrict Acquires ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’: Sundance

By | Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 8:18pm PST
Mike Fleming

FilmDistrict acquired U.S. rights to the Colin Trevorrow-directed film Safety Not Guaranteed, which debuted at Sundance last Sunday at the Library Center Theatre. The romantic comedy starts when three magazine employees investigate a personal ad placed in the paper, … Read More »

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Lily Collins In Talks For ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 5:16pm PST

Lily Collins is in early discussions for the lead role in FilmDistrict’s remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. Collins’ character Mia would be the main character that corresponds to Ash, who was played by Bruce Campbell in the … Read More »

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FilmDistrict To Release 2012 Films Through Open Road And Sony

By | Tuesday December 6, 2011 @ 6:47pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Following on the heels of the exit of veteran distribution executive Bob Berney, FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel has made alternative distribution arrangements for the company’s 2012 film releases. Deadline has learned that Schlessel just closed a 3-picture distribution … Read More »

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