LONDON — Lionsgate U.K. has acquired Roger Donaldson’s “The Bank Job” and Francois Ozon’s “Angel.”
“The Bank Job,” a drama inspired by an unsolved real-life robbery in London 35 years ago, was acquired from investment group Omnilab and Arclight Films. An early 2008 release on more than 300 prints is planned for the pic, which stars Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows.
“Angel,” about the rise and fall of young writer Angel Deverell in the early 20th century, was acquired from Celluloid Dreams. The Romolai Garai, Charlotte Rampling and Sam Neill starrer screens in the Times BFI London Film Festival and will be released early 2008.
Deal follows their Cannes acquisition of another Brit pic — John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love.”
“The acquisition of two exciting and very different British films outlines our commitment to acquiring British films in the marketplace that complements the productions made by Lionsgate in the U.S.,” commented Zygi Kamasa, Lionsgate U.K. CEO.
Lionsgate U.K. tasted U.K. box office success last weekend, when horror sequel “Saw IV” scared up a tasty $5.1 million opening.