Relativity snags ‘Raven’ rights

Cusack starrer adds to shingle's slate

Moving to beef up its release slate, Relativity Media has acquired domestic rights to market and distribute Intrepid Pictures’ thriller “The Raven,” directed by James McTeigue and starring John Cusack as poet Edgar Allan Poe.

Production was completed earlier this month in Serbia, and lensing began in November in Hungary. Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen also star.

Relativity announced the deal Thursday but has not set a release date. Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare penned the fictionalized account of the final days of Poe as he tracks a serial killer whose crimes mirror works by the famous author.

Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans are producing for Intrepid along with Aaron Ryder for FilmNation, who brought the project to Intrepid. Galavis Films’ Jesus Martinez exec produces, and FilmNation is selling international rights.

Relativity Media expanded into distribution six months ago by taking over Overture’s distrib operation. Relativity has “Season of the Witch” in release; its lineup includes “Take Me Home Tonight,” set for release on March 4; “Limitless” on March 18; the untitled David R. Ellis 3D shark thriller on Sept. 2; and Greek mythology tale “The Immortals” on Nov. 11.

Intrepid’s slate includes actioner “The Cold Light of Day,” directed by Mabrouk El Mechri and starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.

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