Studio Acquires U.S. And Canadian Rights To Third Installment Of
Release Scheduled For Thanksgiving 2008
SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 2 /CNW/ -- LIONSGATE(R) (NYSE: LGF), a leading
next generation filmed entertainment studio, today announced that it has
acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to TRANSPORTER 3. Jason Statham
returns as iconic action hero Frank Martin in the third installment of the
EuropaCorp-produced series. The announcement was made today by Lionsgate's
Jason Constantine, head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and Tom Ortenberg,
President, Theatrical Films.
Olivier Megaton directs from a script written by Luc Besson and Robert
Mark Kamen. The movie is produced by EuropaCorp, TF1 Films Productions, Grive
Productions and Apipoulai Production, in association with Current
Entertainment. Besson produces for EuropaCorp. Lionsgate will release the
film at Thanksgiving, on November 26, 2008. The film will be distributed in
Canada by Maple Pictures.
Constantine expressed the studio's excitement about the project, stating,
"We are thrilled to be in business with EuropaCorp and to also partner again
with Jason Statham, who from WAR to CRANK and its upcoming sequel, is a well
known and well-loved leading man in so many of Lionsgate's high octane action
films. We are delighted to add another film in the exciting TRANSPORTER
action franchise to stand alongside such other iconic Lionsgate franchises as
SAW, Tyler Perry and THE PUNISHER."
Besson said, "We are thrilled to be sharing this experience with
Lionsgate, and happy to get along with a great marketing and distribution
team." EuropaCorp COO Pierre-Ange Le Pogam concurred, "Lionsgate is a dynamic
group, who we know will more than do justice to our dearest TRANSPORTER opus
3. Everyone here is working hard to get ready to provoke and inflame the
market for Thanksgiving."
Constantine negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate, with Eda Kowan,
Vice President Acquisitions and Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President Legal &
Business Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and Le Pogam negotiating on
behalf of the producers.
The film, starring Robert Knepper ("Prison Break") alongside Statham and
returning cast member Francois Berleand (PLACE VENDOME), wrapped principal
photography in early May and is currently in post-production.
Jason Statham returns as Frank Miller, the ex-Special Forces operative
who specializes in high-risk deliveries.
The EuropaCorp group produces and distributes films for the French and
international markets. Structured around the "vertically integrated studio"
concept, its strategy aims to control each stage of the
production-distribution cycle of its ambitious and varied films. Since the
start of its activity in 2000, EuropaCorp has produced or co-produced 60
feature-length films, including French speaking and English speaking hits as:
TAXI 2, 3 and 4; TRANSPORTER 1 and 2; ARTHUR AND THE MINIMOYS; TELL NO ONE;
DANNY THE DOG a.k.a UNLEASHED; KISS OF THE DRAGON; and THE THREE BURIALS OF
MELQUIADES ESTRADA. With annual revenue of 158.7 million euros and net income
of 8.2 million euros for the financial year to 31st March 2007, EuropaCorp is
one of Europe's leading independent film studios. For further information:
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