LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller PAY THE GHOST. Written by Dan Kay and directed by Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex), PAY THE GHOST stars Academy Award Winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Rage) and Sarah Wayne Callies (AMC's "The Walking Dead"). Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment's Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today. The film will be released in theaters and VOD on September 23, 2015.
"The intense action and scares in PAY THE GHOST will have audiences on the edge of their seats," said Ward. "We can't wait to get the film into theaters this September."
One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole (Nicolas Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can't explain. Together with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son—and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.
Produced by Nicolas Chartier, Craig J. Flores, Ian Levy and Patrick Newall, the deal was negotiated by Voltage Pictures and Mark Ward and Grace Santos on behalf of RLJ Entertainment.
Recent RLJ Entertainment films, released under its Image Entertainment brand, include The Rewrite with Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei and written & directed by Marc Lawrence; The Cobbler with Adam Sandler, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Steve Buscemi and written & directed by Tom McCarthy; Burying the Ex starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Green, Alexandra Daddario and directed by Joe Dante; and Dark was the Night with Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas and directed by Jack Heller.
ABOUT RLJ ENTERTAINMENT RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee, and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres including feature films and urban with distinct content via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Acacia (fitness), Athena (documentaries), and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming.
Through Acorn Productions, its UK production arm, RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyle's War and is developing new programs. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, Acorn TV, AcaciaTV, and UMC – Urban Movie Channel, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites and print catalogs for the Acorn and Acacia brands, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers. For more information, please visit www.RLJEntertainment.com.
ABOUT VOLTAGE PICTURES Voltage Pictures established in 2005 is a privately held, leading feature film and television financing, production and sales entity. The company has produced and financed films by legendary directors such as William Friedkin (Killer Joe), Terry Gilliam (The Zero Theorem), Robert Redford (The Company You Keep); has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Hurt Locker (2010) directed by Kathryn Bigelow; and three Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. It has also backed the directorial debuts of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) and Natalie Portman (A Tale of Love and Darkness) which has been selected for Cannes. Voltage recently completed Fathers and Daughters, directed by Gabriele Muccino, starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul and Good Kill, directed by Andrew Niccol, and starring Ethan Hawke. Its upcoming releases also include The Secret Scripture, directed by Jim Sheridan, with Rooney Mara, and Knock Knock, directed by Eli Roth, starring Keanu Reeves.
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