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Lionsgate(R) Cozies Up to EuropaCorp's FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, Starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Mar. 18, 2009 07:00 AM
Studio Reunites With Luc Besson's Production Company To Acquire North American Rights To Action Thriller From TAKEN Helmer Pierre Morel
Release Slated For February 19, 2010
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LIONSGATE(R) (NYSE: LGF), a leading next generation studio, announced today that it has acquired North American distribution rights (including Canada) to the EuropaCorp-produced action/thriller FROM PARIS WITH LOVE. Academy Award(R) nominee John Travolta (THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3, PULP FICTION) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors," MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: III) star. Pierre Morel (TAKEN) directs, from a screenplay written by Luc Besson (TAKEN, TRANSPORTER 3) and Adi Hasak (SHADOW CONSPIRACY). Besson produces for EuropaCorp. The announcement was made by Joe Drake, Lionsgate President, Motion Picture Group, and Co-Chief Operating Officer.
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE recently completed production in France. Lionsgate has scheduled the film for release on February 19, 2010. The deal marks the third collaboration between Lionsgate and EuropaCorp, following the studio's distribution of EuropaCorp's TRANSPORTER 3 last Thanksgiving and HIGH TENSION in 2005.
Said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, "We are thrilled to be back in business with our friends at EuropaCorp, who are masters of the sharp, clever high-octane thriller. FROM PARIS WITH LOVE is the creme de la creme of the genre, boasting a terrific filmmaking team and the inspired star pairing of John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers."
Said Besson, "It is a pleasure to reunite with our friends at Lionsgate, who bring great energy and flair to the marketing and distribution of our films. In a sense, Lionsgate and EuropaCorp are mirroring a great tradition of action films - we have become a buddy team!"
Added EuropaCorp COO Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, "FROM PARIS WITH LOVE achieves the holy trinity of the action genre: great stars, terrific action and amazing locations. We are very excited that Lionsgate is joining us for this new adventure."
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, Eda Kowan, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions; and by Le Pogam, on behalf of the producers.
A low-ranking intelligence operative (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) working in the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent (John Travolta) who's been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.
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