Superstars Jackie Chan and Jet Li to Pair for First Time in Lionsgate Action Epic THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM



    
    Relativity Media to Finance and Casey Silver Productions to Produce

    Principal Photography Begins May 2nd in China, Under Director Rob Minkoff
    

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 11 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF), the
leading independent filmed entertainment studio, announced today that
principal photography on the action epic THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM will begin on
May 2nd in China.  Directed by Rob Minkoff (STUART LITTLE, THE LION KING), the
film marks the first-ever onscreen pairing of martial arts superstars Jackie
Chan (RUSH HOUR, DRUNKEN MASTER) and Jet Li (FEARLESS, ONCE UPON A TIME IN
CHINA).  The original screenplay by John Fusco (YOUNG GUNS, HIDALGO) is based
on the traditional Chinese legend of the Monkey King.  The film is produced by
Casey Silver (LADDER 49, HIDALGO, the upcoming LEATHERHEADS, currently filming
in South Carolina with director/star George Clooney and Renee Zellweger) of
Casey Silver Productions.  Relativity Media is financing the film, with the
company's Ryan Kavanaugh (3:10 TO YUMA, TALLEDEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY
BOBBY) serving as executive producer.  Renowned action choreographer Wo Ping
(THE MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON) is creating the fight sequences,
and the director of photography is Peter Pau (CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON). 
Overseeing the production for Lionsgate are President of Theatrical Films Tom
Ortenberg, President of Film Production Mike Paseornek, and President of
Acquisitions and Co-Productions Peter Block.  The announcement was made today
by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.
    Lionsgate plans a U.S. theatrical release in Summer 2008 and will
co-release the film with The Weinstein Company.  Lionsgate UK will
self-distribute the film in the United Kingdom.  The Weinstein Company will
handle distribution in Spain, France and Latin America.  Relativity Media will
be handling foreign sales on the picture.
    "THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM has all the makings of a modern classic, and we
are thrilled to fly its flag at Lionsgate," said Feltheimer.  "Casey Silver
scored a real coup in bringing together two titans of martial arts, Jackie
Chan and Jet Li, for their first onscreen pairing.  He also gave them a
project that is absolutely worthy of their talents, built upon a very savvy
script that combines Chinese legend with the story of a modern, kung-fu
obsessed teenager. And Rob Minkoff is the ideal director to handle the film's
combination of heart, head and lightning-fast limbs."
    Commented Silver, "It's an honor to be working with Jackie and Jet, and a
testament to the quality of John's script.  Rob's passion and perspective on
the movie promise an exciting ride for the audience.  We're also terribly
excited by the opportunity to collaborate with action director Wo Ping, DP
Peter Pau, and a host of exceptionally talented performers and technicians
from Asian cinema.  Relativity has been a staunch advocate for the movie and
I'm thrilled that we have the feisty folks at Lionsgate behind the release of
the movie."
    Said Kavanaugh, "We are very pleased to be partnering with Lionsgate
again, and could not think of a better marketing and distribution platform for
this film.  We have truly enjoyed working with Casey on this project and know
that his vision along with Rob Minkoff's will bring this adventure to life."

    
    SYNOPSIS
    
    An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu
classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the
legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King.  With
the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back
to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a
dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

    
    ABOUT RELATIVITY MEDIA
    
    Relativity Media, LLC is a financing, consulting and production company
that utilizes both traditional and non-traditional channels in order to raise
production and distribution funds, both for major studios and independent
production entities.  To date, Relativity has structured and consummated more
than $4.22 billion in production slate financings.  Relativity most recently
provided financing for such films as TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY
BOBBY starring Will Ferrell, RV starring Robin Williams, THE FAST AND THE
FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, the animated film MONSTER HOUSE, and INSIDE MAN starring
Denzel Washington.  Films financed by Relativity that are currently in
production include James Mangold's 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Russell Crowe and
Christian Bale and THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

    
    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.

    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 Relativity Media:
    Lynda Dorf
    BWR Public Relations
    310-248-6105 / ldorf@bwr-la.com

    




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; or Lynda Dorf of BWR Public 
Relations, +1-310-248-6105, ldorf@bwr-la.com, for Relativity Media Web Site:
http://www.lionsgate.com


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