LIONSGATE(R) Reunites With Oscar(R)-Winner Paul Haggis for His Latest Film, THE NEXT THREE DAYS, Adapted From French Thriller POUR ELLE



    
    Studio Acquires Remake Rights From Wild Bunch And Fidelite Films

    
    Haggis To Write And Direct, Will Produce With Highway 61 Partner Michael
Nozik and Fidelite Films' Marc Missonnier And Olivier Delbosc

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LIONSGATE(R)
(NYSE:   LGF), the leading next generation studio, announced today that it will
re-team with filmmaker Paul Haggis for his latest feature, the thriller THE
NEXT THREE DAYS, an adaptation of the French film POUR ELLE.  Lionsgate has
acquired remake rights from Wild Bunch and Fidelite Films.  THE NEXT THREE
DAYS will mark the first collaboration between the studio and Haggis since
CRASH, the Lionsgate release for which Haggis received the 2005 Academy
Awards(R) for Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and a
nomination for Best Director.  Haggis will write and direct.  Haggis and
Michael Nozik will produce through their production entity Highway 61 Films,
alongside producers Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc of Fidelite Films. The
announcement was made by Joe Drake, Lionsgate President, Motion Picture Group,
and Co-Chief Operating Officer.

    Principal photography on THE NEXT THREE DAYS is expected to begin in
August.  Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production Alli Shearmur and
Lionsgate Vice President of Motion Picture Production Wolfgang Hammer will
oversee the production for the studio.

    Said Shearmur, "We are delighted to welcome the brilliant Paul Haggis
back to Lionsgate.  As both a writer and director, Paul brings keen insight
into the workings of the human animal, and it's going to be a real treat to
see what he does with an unpredictable thriller like THE NEXT THREE DAYS."

    Commented Haggis, "I'm thrilled to be working with Lionsgate again; they
did such a great job distributing CRASH.  I'm looking forward to exploring the
depths of faith and the limits of love."

    The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Hammer, Robert Melnik, Lionsgate
Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, and Wendy Jaffe, Executive
Vice President Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions; by
attorney Peter Dekom (of counsel to Weissmann Wolf) and Steven Brookman of
CAA, on behalf of Highway 61; and by Agnes Mentre and Peter Grant of Grubman
Indursky & Shire, on behalf of Fidelite Films.  The project was brought to the
attention of Highway 61 by its new head of development, Eugenie Grandval. 
Paul Haggis and Highway 61 are represented by Risa Gertner and Byrdie Lifson
at CAA, and Larry Becsey at IPG.
    

    SYNOPSIS
    
    An ordinary couple find themselves in an unthinkable situation and have
to make desperate choices that will test the limits of love and alter their
lives forever.
    

    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
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diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures,
television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment,
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Network, one of the 25 most widely distributed cable networks, the recent
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partnerships that include the FEARnet branded VOD and Internet horror channel
with Sony and Comcast, the expected fall 2009 launch of EPIX, a new premium
entertainment channel with partners Viacom and MGM, investment in the leading
young men's digital distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier
independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury and an alliance with
independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside
Attractions.

    The Company is a market share leader at the North American theatrical box
office for calendar 2009 due to recent theatrical box office successes such as
TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL, the second highest-grossing film in
Lionsgate history, MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D and THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT. 
Other recent successes include SAW V, RELIGULOUS, FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, RAMBO and
THE BANK JOB.  Lionsgate has forged a strong position in television with the
production of such critically-acclaimed series as "Mad Men," "Weeds" and
"Crash," the distribution of Tyler Perry's "House of Payne," "Family Feud" and
"South Park," and upcoming shows including Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns" and
"The Wendy Williams Show."  In addition, the Company's home entertainment
business, propelled by such recent DVD successes as TRANSPORTER 3, SAW V and
TYLER PERRY'S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, is the industry leader in box
office-to-DVD conversion rate and has market share of nearly 8%.  Lionsgate
handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion
picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue
and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses.
The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality
entertainment in markets around the world.
    

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    For further information, contact:
    Sarah Greenberg
    310-255-3856
    sgreenberg@lionsgate.com
    

    
    For corporate inquiries, please contact:
    Peter D. Wilkes
    pwilkes@lionsgate.com
    310-255-3726




    




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Greenberg, +1-310-255-3856,
sgreenberg@lionsgate.com, or Peter D. Wilkes, +1-310-255-3726,
pwilkes@lionsgate.com, both of Lionsgate Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com


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