Friday, August 11, 2017

RLJE Films Acquires BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99

Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson

The Team Behind Bone Tomahawk Reunites for a Second Round

Film Set to Release in Theaters October 6, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2017 -- RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated film BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99. After the successful collaboration on the critically acclaimed western Bone Tomahawk, RLJE Films, writer/director S. Craig Zahler, producers Jack Heller from ASSEMBLE Media and Dallas Sonnier from Cinestate, unite with IMG Films, on this action-packed film. Los Angeles-based XYZ Films will handle foreign sales and serve as executive producers on the project.

BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 stars Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge, "True Detective"), Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter"), Marc Blucas ("Underground"), Udo Kier (Blade), and Don Johnson (Django Unchained). The film will make its World Premiere at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival and will continue on to screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest.

RLJE Films plans to release BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 in theaters on Oct. 6, 2017. 

"With the announced Venice, Toronto and Fantastic Fest premieres, the verdict is in. S. Craig Zahler has done it again," said Mark Ward, RLJE Film's chief acquisitions officer. "Considering the success of Bone Tomahawk and the stellar performance by Vince Vaughn, we couldn't be more thrilled to reunite and bring BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 to audiences."

In BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, a former boxer named Bradley (Vince Vaughn) loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to end. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.

Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Sonnier, Heller, and WME on behalf of the filmmakers.

Writer/director S. Craig Zahler is an award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, cinematographer and musician. Zahler's newest novel Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child is set for publication this fall.

RLJE Films' new and upcoming features include Once Upon a Time in Venice starring Bruce Willis, Bushwick with Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow, and Pilgrimage with Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage. www.us.rljentertainment.com.

ABOUT RLJ ENTERTAINMENT
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.

For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.tv, and UMC.tv.

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