Universal Pictures to Release French Thriller 'Brotherhood Of The Wolf' in the United States

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Universal Pictures

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Universal Pictures has acquired the United States distribution rights to the
 highly successful "Brotherhood Of The Wolf," it was announced today by Mark
 Kristol, executive vice president, Universal Pictures.  The film will be
 released in the fall of 2001 under the Universal Focus label.
     "We're thrilled to be releasing 'Brotherhood Of The Wolf' in the United
 States," said Mr. Kristol.  "It's a rare pleasure to find a film that has the
 intense adventure, mystery and scope of this truly remarkable motion picture,
 and we believe it will be readily embraced by American audiences."
     Released in France on January 31, 2001, the film broke the box office
 record of 1.4 million formerly held by "Titanic" by grossing a spectacular
 $1.5 million on its opening day.  Titled "Le Pacte De Loups" in its native
 country, the film has grossed approximately $35,000,000 to date in France.
     Set in 1765 during the reign of Louis XV, "Brotherhood Of The Wolf" is an
 epic adventure based in part on a well-known French legend.  In a rural
 province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside,
 savagely killing scores of women and children.  Unseen, possessed of enormous
 strength and a seemingly near-human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture
 for years.  Desperate to end the growing unrest of the populace, the King
 sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an
 unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may finally bring
 the beast down.  But what these men find, when finally confronted with the
 true nature of the beast, is more shocking than anyone could have
 anticipated...
     Directed by Christophe Gans, "Brotherhood Of The Wolf" stars Samuel Le
 Bihan (Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Red"), American actor and martial arts expert
 Mark Dacascos ("Only The Strong" and the upcoming "China Strike Force"),
 Monica Belluci (who received great acclaim in the title role of "Malena" and
 is now shooting the sequel to "The Matrix"), Jeremie Renier, Emilie Dequenne
 (1999 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress for "Rosetts") and Vincent Cassel (Luc
 Besson's "The Messenger," "Elizabeth").  Written by Stephane Cabel and
 Christophe Gans, the film is produced by Richard Grandpierre and Samuel
 Hadida.  "Brotherhood Of The Wolf" is a StudioCanal/Davis Films production in
 association with TF1 Films Production, with the participation of Natexis
 Banques Populaires Images and Studio Image Soficas.
 
     Universal Focus is the specialty films label of Universal Pictures.
 
     Universal Pictures is a unit of Universal Studios
 (www.universalstudios.com), a part of Canal+, the TV and Film division of
 Vivendi Universal, a new global leader in media and communications.
 
     For further information please contact: Jeff Sakson of Universal Pictures,
 (818) 777-4791.
 
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    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Universal Pictures has acquired the United States distribution rights to the
 highly successful "Brotherhood Of The Wolf," it was announced today by Mark
 Kristol, executive vice president, Universal Pictures.  The film will be
 released in the fall of 2001 under the Universal Focus label.
     "We're thrilled to be releasing 'Brotherhood Of The Wolf' in the United
 States," said Mr. Kristol.  "It's a rare pleasure to find a film that has the
 intense adventure, mystery and scope of this truly remarkable motion picture,
 and we believe it will be readily embraced by American audiences."
     Released in France on January 31, 2001, the film broke the box office
 record of 1.4 million formerly held by "Titanic" by grossing a spectacular
 $1.5 million on its opening day.  Titled "Le Pacte De Loups" in its native
 country, the film has grossed approximately $35,000,000 to date in France.
     Set in 1765 during the reign of Louis XV, "Brotherhood Of The Wolf" is an
 epic adventure based in part on a well-known French legend.  In a rural
 province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside,
 savagely killing scores of women and children.  Unseen, possessed of enormous
 strength and a seemingly near-human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture
 for years.  Desperate to end the growing unrest of the populace, the King
 sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an
 unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may finally bring
 the beast down.  But what these men find, when finally confronted with the
 true nature of the beast, is more shocking than anyone could have
 anticipated...
     Directed by Christophe Gans, "Brotherhood Of The Wolf" stars Samuel Le
 Bihan (Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Red"), American actor and martial arts expert
 Mark Dacascos ("Only The Strong" and the upcoming "China Strike Force"),
 Monica Belluci (who received great acclaim in the title role of "Malena" and
 is now shooting the sequel to "The Matrix"), Jeremie Renier, Emilie Dequenne
 (1999 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress for "Rosetts") and Vincent Cassel (Luc
 Besson's "The Messenger," "Elizabeth").  Written by Stephane Cabel and
 Christophe Gans, the film is produced by Richard Grandpierre and Samuel
 Hadida.  "Brotherhood Of The Wolf" is a StudioCanal/Davis Films production in
 association with TF1 Films Production, with the participation of Natexis
 Banques Populaires Images and Studio Image Soficas.
 
     Universal Focus is the specialty films label of Universal Pictures.
 
     Universal Pictures is a unit of Universal Studios
 (www.universalstudios.com), a part of Canal+, the TV and Film division of
 Vivendi Universal, a new global leader in media and communications.
 
     For further information please contact: Jeff Sakson of Universal Pictures,
 (818) 777-4791.
 
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