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Lionsgate Launches European Film Market (EFM) With Debut Of The Ink Factory Financed Action Thriller HOTEL ARTEMIS

03 February 2017

Film Starring Academy Award® Winner Jodie Foster

Writer Drew Pearce Makes His Feature Film Directorial Debut

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a premier next generation global content leader, announced today that it will be launching international sales on the Ink Factory financed and produced action thriller Hotel Artemis, starring Academy Award winner Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Accused) at the upcoming Berlin EFM (European Film Market). WME Global is handling US rights.

Acclaimed writer Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3) will make his directorial debut from his own script.

Best Picture Academy Award nominee Marc Platt (La La Land, Drive, Wanted) will produce alongside Adam Siegel (Drive, Lost River), and The Ink Factory’s Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell (The Night Manager, A Most Wanted Man).

Set in the near future, a nurse (Foster) who runs an underground hospital for Los Angeles’ most sinister criminals, finds that one of her patients is actually there to assassinate another.

“We strive to populate Lionsgate’s international slate with high quality films from top talent that will work for a worldwide audience. Hotel Artemis accomplishes all of that with Oscar winning actress Jodie Foster, the extremely talented Drew Pearce and our friends and partners Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Simon and Stephen Cornwell,” said Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group Chairman Patrick Wachsberger and International COO Andrew Kramer. “We are especially delighted to be part of Drew’s debut as a director and to be re-teaming with the brilliant Marc Platt after our successful collaboration on La La Land.”

The Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell added, “Drew has written a truly captivating script, creating a dynamic and compelling story with fantastic characters. We’re delighted to be taking this project forward into production and could not be more thrilled to be working with Drew, the amazing Jodie Foster, and the wonderful cast that is coming together around her. It is going to be an exciting journey working with Lionsgate as our sales partner, as well as the unequalled Marc Platt and Adam Siegel as our fellow producers.” 

Foster has won two Academy Awards® for her performances in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs. Notable credits include The Beaver for Summit Entertainment, which she also directed, and Elysium for Sony and TriStar Pictures. Foster most recently directed Money Monster (Julia Roberts, George Clooney), which premiered in Cannes and was distributed by Sony.

Drew Pearce, who is best known for co-writing Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios, his work on Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Sherlock Holmes 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, also wrote and directed the celebrated Marvel One-Shot film All Hail the King, starring Sir Ben Kingsley. He will Executive Produce the original screenplay Secretary’s Day for Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Billion Brick Race: A Lego Movie for Warner Bros.

Wachsberger, Kramer and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group EVP’s of International Sales Wendy Reeds and Crystal Bourbeau, both based in the Company’s London office, will lead the Lionsgate team at Berlin. Lionsgate’s 2017 EFM roster also includes Participant Media’s Entebbe and Captive State.

Lionsgate's current release slate includes the multiple award-wining film La La Land, which garnered seven Golden Globe Awards, and a record-tying 14 Academy Award® nominations, including Best Film, and has already passed $200 million early in its release at the global box office; Academy Award®-winning director Mel Gibson's war drama Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington and garnered six Academy Award® nominations; the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 2, starring Keanu Reeves; and Saban's Power Rangers, based on one of the most widely recognized and celebrated brands in the world.

Lionsgate and Summit label films have grossed nearly $10 billion at the global box office over the past five years.

The Ink Factory is a film, television and digital production company based in London and Los Angeles, founded in 2010 by Stephen Cornwell and his brother Simon. The team believes in reaching a wide audience by telling original and exciting stories, and working with storytellers and filmmakers who inspire, challenge and innovate. One of those collaborators is the author John le Carré, with whom the company has a close relationship. The company is working on a number of film and television adaptations of his work.

The company’s first film, A MOST WANTED MAN, based on the novel by John le Carré, was released in 2014. Most recently, The Ink Factory produced MESSAGE FROM THE KING, an original noir thriller by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK, directed by Ang Lee and based on the award-winning novel by Ben Fountain.  The company also produced the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning drama series THE NIGHT MANAGER, based on a le Carré novel of the same name for the BBC and AMC.

The Ink Factory has also partnered with one of the games industry's top talents, Matt Nava, to found digital studio Giant Squid. Giant Squid’s first game, ABZU, was released in August 2016.

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.

With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving nearly 25 million subscribers and the STARZ ENCORE platform with over 31 million subscribers.  The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the STARZ app delivering content directly to consumers.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, the critically-acclaimed box office hit La La Land, which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award® nominations, Hacksaw Ridge, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions' Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films’ breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate’s slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks.  These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama The Royals, the acclaimed Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and hit Starz series including Outlander, Black Sails, Survivor’s Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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