Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate, BVI Strike Russia Output Deal

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate, BVI Strike Russia Output Deal

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The drug cartel thriller (pictured) from Denis Villeneuve will launch in autumn.

The slate includes Francis Lawrence's adventure fantasy The Odyssey, the first live-action Power Rangers film and the Monopoly adaptation.

The deal does not affect the output arrangement between Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label and Central Partnership for Russia and the CIS.

"We're thrilled to expand our relationship with Buena Vista International through this output agreement in a major territory with enormous upside," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman and Lionsgate International COO Andrew Kramer.

"We're pleased to continue building our BVI relationship with a powerful, commercially exciting slate loaded with blockbuster tentpoles, potential franchises and star-driven event films."

"BVI's stature, experience and tremendous track record coupled with Lionsgate's diverse film portfolio promise significant upside for both companies," said Lionsgate evp of international sales Crystal Bourbeau, who negotiated the deal. …

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