RLJE FILMS ACQUIRES “THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT”
Starring Sam Elliott
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4, 2018 – RLJE Films (NASDAQ: RLJE), has acquired all North American rights to the upcoming adventure film The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. Written by Robert D. Krzykowski , who makes his directorial debut, the film stars Sam Elliott (A Star is Born, The Hero), Aidan Turner (“Poldark”), Ron Livingston (Office Space, Tully), Caitlin FitzGerald (“Masters of Sex”), Larry Miller (Pretty Woman) and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood). RLJE Films plans to release the film nationally in theaters, VOD and Digital HD in the first quarter of 2019.
“The film’s unique plot will spark great curiosity among audiences ,” says Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films. “It’s a stunning tale with the legendary Sam Elliott leading a great cast.”
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot made its World Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival to great acclaim (currently 87% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). The story follows a legendary American war veteran named Calvin Barr (Elliott / Turner) who, decades after serving in WWII and assassinating Adolf Hitler, must now hunt down the fabled Bigfoot. Living a peaceful life in New England, the former veteran is contacted by the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to lead the charge as the creature is carrying a deadly plague and is hidden deep inside the Canadian wilderness.
The film was produced by Krzykowski, Patrick Ewald (Turbo Kid), Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Shaked Berenson (The Nanny) and was executive produced by two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles (Lone Star, Passion Fish), Oscar-winning filmmaker Douglas Trumbull (Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey), Louise Lovegrove (I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore), Giles Daoust (Starry Eyes), Catherine Dumonceaux (The Death of Stalin), Deborah Shriver and John Shriver. Richard Yuricich (Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) supervised the film’s visual effects. Epic Pictures acted as the production and primary financing company for the film.
Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Ewald and Michelle Change of Ramo Law on behalf of the filmmakers.
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RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), which have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content. RLJE’s titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. Investors in RLJE include Chairman Robert L. Johnson and AMC Networks. For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.tv, and UMC.tv.
RLJE Films new and upcoming features include the 2018 Sundance Film Festival hit Mandy from writer/director Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache, and Galveston starring Ben Foster and Elle Fanning and directed by Mélanie Laurent. RLJE Films’ past films include I Kill Giants starring Zoe Saldana, Terminal starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike, and writer/director S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 starring Vince Vaughn and Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell. www.us.rljentertainment.com.
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