Schlessel confirmed deal Tuesday to Variety
FilmDistrict has agreed to a three-film distribution deal with Open Road.FilmDistrict topper Peter Schlessel confirmed the deal Tuesday to Variety. Move comes a month after Bob and Jeanne Berney announced their exit as the top distribution and marketing execs at FilmDistrict, a sudden shift for the fledgling distrib that’s packing up its New York office and moving all operations to Los Angeles. The Berneys will continue handling FilmDistrict releases until March 1. FilmDistrict saw success earlier this year with “Insidious” and “Soul Surfer,” both of which were acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. (Sony’s TriStar Pictures distribbed the latter pic, with FilmDistrict co-marketing.) Summer releases “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “Drive” saw modest-to-OK results. Under the deal between Open Road and FilmDistrict, Open Road will release scifier “Escape From M.S. One,” starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, on April 20, and the “Red Dawn” remake on Nov. 2. The third film hasn’t been selected.
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