LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired the North American and UK rights to the thriller CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES on the eve of this year's 68th annual Cannes International Film Festival. The film is written by Robert Lowell and directed by Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, The Watchmen) who also co-stars along with Oscar nominee John Travolta (Pulp Fiction), Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey"), Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire"), Christopher Abbott ("Girls"), Rob Brown (Coach Carter) and Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class). CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES is set for a theatrical release Fall 2015. Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment's Chief Acquisitions Officer for the Image brands, made the announcement today.
"This is a smart, witty, extremely commercial thriller with elements of 'Boiler Room' and 'Reservoir Dogs' and an ending you don't see coming," said Ward. "We're excited to bring this film with a star-studded cast to the big screen."
CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES tells the story of four young men who, while acting on an inside tip, invest in a "sure thing" only to discover the deal going south while putting them in trouble with the mob.
CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES was produced by Wayne Rice, Howard Burd and Micah Sparks and executive produced by Rodger May, Gayle Nosal and Daniel Diamond. The deal was negotiated by RLJE/Image Entertainment's Mark Ward and Matt Hooper and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers. Diamond Pictures is handling international sales in Cannes.
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