REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA: Principal Photography Underway On Twisted Pictures' And Lionsgate's Musical Thriller



    
    Film Stars Sarah Brightman, Anthony Head, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Paul
    Sorvino, & Alexa Vega
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF), the leading independent
filmed entertainment studio, announced today that Twisted Pictures commenced
principal photography this week in Toronto, Canada on REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA.
 The film is being produced by Daniel Heffner, Carl Mazzocone, Mark Burg and
Oren Koules. Lionsgate's President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Peter
Block and EVP Jason Constantine are overseeing production for the studio.
    Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) is directing from a
screenplay by Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith, co-creators of the original
stage production of the same name upon which the film is based.  Japanese
musician, songwriter and composer Yoshiki Hayashi (better known as simply
Yoshiki) is producing the film's soundtrack.
    International recording artist/performer Sarah Brightman (making her
feature film debut), Anthony Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Paris Hilton
("House of Wax"), Bill Moseley ("Halloween," "The Devil's Rejects"), Paul
Sorvino ("The Cooler," "Goodfellas"), and Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids") make up the
production's beloved band of misfits in this incarnation.
    Bousman is a longtime member of the Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate
families, having directed the past three installments of their wildly
successful Saw franchise.  He has also long been involved in various
incarnations of Repo!, having directed both the story's first Los Angeles
stage production in 2002 and a 2006 short film adaptation.
    Directing a full-length filmed version of the story has always been a
goal for Bousman, and he is enthusiastic about the cast that has been
assembled for the production. "I'm very excited to be bringing this story to
life with each of these outstanding performers," Bousman raves. "They bring so
much flair to Repo's bizarre fantasy world while entirely disappearing into
their shadowy characters."
    Burg and Koules agree, adding "Repo! explores human oddity in a really
memorable and genre- bending way, and with our actors' unique backgrounds and
wide appeal across genres, the cast absolutely rises to the occasion."
    Set in the not-so-distant future, the production tells the story of an
epidemic of organ failures that devastates the planet, killing tens of
millions.  As scientists feverishly make plans for a massive organ harvest
program, a multi-billion dollar biotech company called GeneCo begins to
manufacture salvation -- for a price -- offering simple payment plans to those
lacking the necessary funds to purchase new body parts outright.  But all
financed organs are subject to default procedures, including repossession at
the hand of the notorious organ repo men.
    ABOUT TWISTED PICTURES -- Twisted Pictures is helmed by Mark Burg and
Oren Koules. SAW was the first feature released by the company, and the SAW
franchise, distributed by Lionsgate, has become the most profitable horror
franchise of all time. Twisted also produced CATACOMBS, also part of the nine-
picture deal between Twisted and Lionsgate. The Company's most recent feature
SAW IV will be released in the U.S. by Lionsgate on October 26, 2007.
    ABOUT LIONSGATE -- Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed
entertainment studio, winning the 2006 Best Picture Academy Award(R) for
CRASH, generating two consecutive years of $300 million-plus domestic
theatrical box office, operating a $500 million-plus home entertainment
business and producing a broad slate of prime time television series for
fiscal 2007.  It is a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures,
television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and
video-on-demand content.  Its prestigious and prolific library of more than
10,000 titles is a valuable source of stable, recurring revenue and a
foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses.  The Lionsgate
brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets
around the world.

    http://www.lionsgate.com

    For further information, contact:

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


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