Peace Arch plans a spring 2008 theatrical run in the US and Canada on 250 screens. Genius will handle the DVD release.
In a separate deal, Genius has also licensed US DVD rights to Peace Arch's Chapter 27 starring Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan, Delirious starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt, and Watching The Detectives starring Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu. Peace Arch will handle the theatrical releases for the three.
Goal II, the middle film of the football trilogy, stars Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola and Anna Friel alongside footballers including David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane. Jaume Collet-Serra directs.
Earlier in the AFM, Peace Arch announced that it was handling sales for Goal 3, now in production.
'We are very pleased to be extending our long-standing distribution relationship with Genius, whose top management and fantastic relationships with major retailers make it one of the best DVD distributors in the business,' said Peace Arch Entertainment Group President and Chief Operating Officer John Flock. 'With highly commercial projects like Goal II and the continued support of distribution partners like Genius, we expect to quickly reach our own goal of making Peace Arch one of the leading theatrical distributors of independent films in North America.'
'Peace Arch has been a great supplier and partner for Genius and we are pleased with this opportunity to extend our relationship to include these new highly regarded and anticipated theatrical releases,' added Trevor Drinkwater, Genius CEO and president.