LIONSGATE(R) Set To KICK-ASS With Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn's Hotly Anticipated Superhero Action Comedy



    
    Studio Acquires U.S. And Canadian Rights To Comic Book Adaptation From
    Director of LAYER CAKE and STARDUST

    Buzz Sensation At 2009 Comic-Con, It Stars Nicolas Cage, Christopher
    Mintz-Plasse and Breakout Stars Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz






    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 17 /CNW/ -- LIONSGATE  (NYSE:   LGF), the
leading next generation studio, announced today that it has acquired U.S. and
Canadian distribution rights to KICK-ASS, the hotly anticipated action-comedy
from writer/director Matthew Vaughn (LAYER CAKE, STARDUST).  Based on the
groundbreaking, best-selling comic by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.,
KICK-ASS stars Nicolas Cage (the upcoming SEASON OF THE WITCH, KNOWING,
NATIONAL TREASURE), rising star Aaron Johnson (the upcoming NOWHERE BOY),
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (SUPERBAD) and Chloe Moretz ((500) DAYS OF SUMMER). 
The screenplay is written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman.  The producers are
Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Tarquin Pack and Kris Thykier; Millar and Romita
Jr. are co-producers.  The announcement was made today by Joe Drake, Lionsgate
President, Motion Picture Group, and Co-Chief Operating Officer, and Jason
Constantine, Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

    KICK-ASS was the buzz sensation of the July Comic-Con in San Diego, where
early footage was shown to wildly appreciative fans.  The film is a privately
financed independent production from Vaughn's Marv Films and Plan B
Entertainment, and is currently in post-production.  Lionsgate anticipates a
wide release in 2010.

    Said Constantine, "Matthew Vaughn is an amazing talent and a true
original, and he has brought a whole new mindset to the action genre with
KICK-ASS.  KICK-ASS redefines the boundaries in terms of humor, action, story,
character and tone -- it's the kind of movie that reminds us of why we go to
the movies in the first place.  Lionsgate is thrilled to bring KICK-ASS home
to give it the next-generation launching pad it deserves."

    Said Vaughn, "Making and financing KICK-ASS has been an amazing
experience, and we've had two important goals from the start:  make a
singularly entertaining film and find the right studio to release it.  With
Lionsgate, I know that I've got a supportive and fearless team behind me. 
It's going to be fun working together to bring the film to audiences and those
who are already fans of the comic book."

    Said Pack, "The massive response we received at Comic-Con has been hugely
important in launching the next wave of momentum for the film, and Lionsgate's
marketing and distribution talents are a perfect fit for us.  Lionsgate is a
studio that is not afraid to do things differently, and that is the attitude
that has characterized KICK-ASS from the very start."

    The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, Eda Kowan, Senior
Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice
President Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions; and by
WME and Matthew Johnson of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer,
Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman, Cook, Johnson, Lande & Wolf LLP, on behalf of the
filmmakers.
    

    SYNOPSIS

    
    A twisted, funny, high-octane adventure, director Matthew Vaughn brings
KICK-ASS to the big screen.

    KICK-ASS tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron
Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration
to become a real-life superhero.  As any good superhero would, he chooses a
new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work
fighting crime.  There's only one problem standing in his way:  Kick-Ass has
absolutely no superpowers.

    His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is
hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair
of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl
(Chloe Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage).
    

    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong
and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion
pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment,
video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a
strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast
network series, production, distribution and syndication of programming
through Debmar-Mercury, reality programming through its joint venture with ISH
Entertainment and an array of channel platforms, including its partnership
with One Equity Partners and Allen Shapiro in TV Guide Network and TV
Guide.com, its partnership with Viacom and MGM in the multiplatform premium
channel Epix, its partnership with Sony and Comcast in the branded horror
channel FEARnet and its recent launch of the KIX action channel and the Thrill
horror/suspense channel in Asia.  Its feature film business achieved a record
box office performance in the January-March 2009 quarter, driven by the
success of "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail," "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" and
"The Haunting In Connecticut." The Company's home entertainment business has
grown to more than 7% market share and leads the industry in its box
office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate.  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.
    

    www.lionsgate.com


    

    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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