Lions Gate Films has finalized its deal for North American theatrical and pay TV distribution rights to A Good Woman. In separate deals, the noticeably acquisitive indie also secured all North American rights to Uwe Boll's video game horror adaptation Alone InThe Dark as well as to Gianni Amelio's Le Chiavi Di Casa.
Directed by Mike Barker, A Good Woman is the adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan and stars Helen Hunt, Tom Wilkinson and Scarlett Johansson. It was handled by London and Sydney-based sales company Beyond Films.
Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, and Hilary Davis, head of sales and acquisitions for Beyond, announced the deal on Thursday at the American Film Market in Santa Monica.
"Mike Barker and this cast deliver one of the best Wilde adaptations in years," said Ortenberg. "The audience reaction at the Toronto premiere made me confident that this film has a winning combination of humor and drama played out on screen by some of the best actors working today."
The deal was negotiated for Lions Gate by Jason Constantine, senior vice president of acquisitions, and Ortenberg. Davis negotiated on behalf of Beyond.
Alone In The Dark, which stars Christian Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff, is being pegged for a Jan28 2005 nationwide release. Its story centres on a paranormalinvestigator who discovers an ancient cult connected to an army of demons.
Boll directed and producedthe Sega game adaptation based on a screenplay by Elan Mastai, Michael Roeschand Peter Scheerer.
"Alone In The Dark is aperfect addition to our slate of horror/sci-fi genre films on the pulse ofpopular culture," noted Ortenberg. "Uwe Boll has taken a gamewith a voracious following and turned it into a film which completely stands onits own."
That deal was negotiated byPeter Block, Lions Gate's president of acquisitions, television andco-productions, Wendy Jaffe, vice president of business and legal affairs and both Ortenberg and Constantine, with PeterSafran, president of Brillstein-Grey, Uwe Boll and Karyn Edwards and ShawnWilliamson of Bright Light Pictures on behalf of the filmmaker.
Gianni Amelio's film, which is Italy's foreign language Oscar entry, was acquired from Lakeshore Entertainment. Its title literally translates as The Keys To The House.
Lions Gate plans a December release in New York and Los Angeles for the picture, which won the Cinema Avvenire, Pasinetti Award and Sergio Trasatti Award for Best Film at this year's Venice Film Festival.
Charlotte Rampling, Kim Rossi Stuart and newcomer Andrea Rossi star in the drama about a man who meets his handicapped son as a teenager for the first time.
"We are big supporters of foreign language film, and this is exactly the kind of international regional filmmaking we are passionate about bringing to audiences across the country," said Ortenberg, who negotiated the deal along with Constantine and Wayne Levin, his executive vice president of business and legal affairs.
Rai Cinema, Achab Film and Lakeshore produced the picture and Lakeshore International is handling international sales.
This is the second co-production between Lakeshore and Rai, the first being Ermanno Olmi's Singing Behind Screens. Lakeshore and the Italian public broadcasting network are also co-producing Amelio's next film The Missing Star, with shooting due to begin in China in spring 2005.