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FilmDistrict Takes U.S. Rights on ‘Pompeii’

Distrib sets Feb. 28, 2014 release

FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” starring Kit Harington, Kiefer Sutherland and Emily Browning.

The company has set a Feb. 28, 2014 release date for the actioner through Sony’s TriStar. “Pompeii” is the first pic to be set for that date.

“Pompeii” is being produced by Constantin Film and Impact Films with Jeremy Bolt, Anderson, Don Carmody and Robert Kulzer producing.

“Pompeii” is set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and tells the tale of an enslaved gladiator — played by Harington — who faces the tyrant (Sutherland) who years before murdered his family and now threatens to steal his lover, portrayed by Browning. Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pingue, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje  and Jessica Lucas round out the cast.

Martin Moszkowicz, Peter Schlessel and Jon Brown are exec producing. Script was written by the team of Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson and Julian Fellowes.

Lionsgate International will oversee international sales.

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