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Image Acquires More A-List Titles

8 Sep, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Image Entertainment acquired all North American rights (except theatrical) to comedy $5 a Day and all U.S. rights (except theatrical) to romantic thriller The Edge of Love at the Toronto International Film Festival. Release dates for the titles were not disclosed.

The titles continue an ongoing distribution agreement with CT1 Holdings, which is parent of ThinkFilm and Capitol Films and headed by financier and producer David Bergstein. Bergstein’s BTP Acquisitions Co. earlier this year withdrew its intent to purchase Image, which had resulted in litigation (since resolved) between the two companies.

Bill Bromiley, chief acquisitions officer with Image, spearheaded the recent acquisition.

In $5 a Day, Christopher Walken plays a thrifty conman partnered with his son (Alessandro Nivola) who just got out of jail after doing time for one of his father’s earlier crimes. Other cast members include Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, Casino), Amanda Peet (Martian Child, Syriana), Peter Coyote (Erin Brokovich) and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”).

Set against the backdrop of World War II, The Edge of Love explores the bohemian underworld of war-torn London and the intimate complexities of two young couples played by Keira Knightley (the “Pirate of the Caribbean” franchise), Sienna Miller (Stardust), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and Matthew Rhys (Love and Other Disasters). Sharman MacDonald (Knightley’s mother) penned the screenplay, based in part on the real-life love letters of Dylan Thomas, played by Rhys.

Image has enjoyed success by distributing similarly lesser-known movies featuring A-list stars, such as Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, starring Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei. DVD releases helped Image report net income of $1.7 million in the most recent quarter.

Separately, Image acquired the global rights to k. d. lang with the BBC Concert Orchestra: Live in London. It is slated to street on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 3, 2009.

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