Lionsgate Re-Ups Grindstone Production Pact15 Jun, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Lionsgate June 15 announced an extension of its longstanding partnership with Grindstone Entertainment Group.
The agreement encompasses upcoming releases Gotti, starring John Travolta; sequel Escape Plan 2 with Sylvester Stallone, and the thriller First Kill, teaming Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen. Other releases include director Michael Apted’s Unlocked, featuring Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Toni Collette.
“We’re pleased to extend our relationship with Barry, Stan and the rest of the Grindstone team,” said Steve Beeks, co-COO and president of the motion picture group. “They are consistently profitable with strong brand recognition and serve as a reliable supplier of star-driven event films.”
Recent Grindstone successes include caper thriller Heist, starring Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dave Bautista; crime drama Imperium with Daniel Radcliffe; Marauders, starring Bruce Willis; and the Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer Aftermath.
“Lionsgate is a major creative force around the world, and we’re proud to continue adding a robust pipeline of titles to their blockbuster slate,” said Barry Brooker, CEO of Grindstone, and principal Stan Wertlieb. “The quality of the Lionsgate brand allows us to continue deepening our relationships with the most exciting producers, filmmakers and actors in the business, and we look forward to continuing our great collaboration with the [specialty film division] Lionsgate Premiere label as well.”