Regent nabs rights to Showtime films

'Harlan' at Mipcom, London 'X' and Mifed 'Possessed'

HOLLYWOOD — Regent Entertainment has acquired all foreign territories outside Canada for three Showtime Original Pictures: Emilio Estevez’s “Rated X,” Tony Bill’s “Harlan County War” and Steven E. De Souza’s “Possessed.”

Regent Intl., the company’s foreign sales division, will debut “Harlan County War” at Mipcom, “Rated X” at the London Screenings and “Possessed” at Mifed.

“Rated X” is the true-life story of the Mitchell brothers, pioneers in the porn industry whose dreams eventually led to murder. Pic stars Estevez opposite his brother, Charlie Sheen.

“Harlan County War” is a fictional story set against the historical background of the Harlan County coal strike that took place in the 1970s. Story centers on a housewife (Holly Hunter) whose husband works for an abusive mining company in their small Appalachian town. When the miners go on strike, she organizes the miners’ wives in a protest.

“Possessed” is based on the true story that inspired the current Warner Bros. Pictures re-release “The Exorcist.” The film stars Timothy Dalton and Henry Czerny.

Successful relationship

“We are thrilled to have extended our relationship with Showtime following the highly successful ‘Gods and Monsters’ and ‘Twilight of the Golds,’ ” said Regent Entertainment partner Mark Harris.

Earlier this year, Regent oversaw the theatrical release of “Spent” and “The Specials.” Another Regent release, “Looking for an Echo,” opens Nov. 10 in New York. Upcoming releases include “Sordid Lives” and “Speedway Junky.” Last year, Regent distributed “Free Enterprise” and “Sixth Happiness.”

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