Lionsgate Acquires ‘Silk Road’ for U.S. Theatrical, Digital, VOD Release Feb. 19, Disc Release Feb. 23

Lionsgate has acquired the crime thriller Silk Road for U.S. theatrical, digital and VOD release Feb. 19 and Blu-ray and DVD release Feb. 23.

Written for the screen and directed by Tiller Russell, the film stars Jason Clarke, Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp, Jimmi Simpson, Katie Aselton, Lexi Rabe, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Daniel Stewart and Paul Walter Hauser.

Based on true events, Silk Road focuses on the young, affluent, and highly motivated entrepreneur Ross Ulbricht (Nick Robinson), whose ambitious goal is to launch the Internet’s first completely anonymous and unregulated marketplace. With Ulbricht’s passion for the possibilities his invention offers the world, his site — the Silk Road — becomes the world’s fastest-growing drug market, catching the focus of disgraced DEA agent Rick Bowden (Clarke). A dinosaur with a habit for substance abuse and blowing cases, Bowden once had street savvy in dark corners but is unprepared for the dark web as he struggles through tutorials on how to use the Internet. As both men’s private lives erode, with Bowden in over his head and Ross’s growing paranoia driving unthinkable choices, they cling to their jobs in an elaborate game of cat-and-mouse that have both men asking how far their idealism can take them.

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Silk Road is based on the Rolling Stone article “Dead End On Silk Road” by David Kushner. Years after the legal conclusion of the investigation, the Silk Road saga continues to make headlines, as it was recently reported that $1 billion in bitcoin connected to the site was recently moved for the first time in years — a signal that the criminals who operate in the darkest corners of the internet have not gone away.

Silk Road is a thrilling story with the kind of stranger-than-fiction details that can only come from a true story,” Lionsgate VP of acquisitions Lauren Bixby said in a statement. “This movie will keep audiences riveted by its cat and mouse game of a criminal mastermind being tracked by a hot-headed narc.”

‘A Teacher,’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Top TV Time Charts

FX’s “A Teacher” was the top rising show and Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” was again the top binge program on the TV Time charts for the week ended Nov. 15.

“A Teacher,” available on Hulu beginning Nov. 10, is a drama series examining the complexities and consequences of an illicit sexual affair between a young teacher (Kate Mara) and her student (Nick Robinson).

“The Queen’s Gambit,” which debuted on Netflix Oct.  23, is a coming-of-age story following a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, who discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Nov. 15 by Share of Binges:

  1. “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) — 2.78%
  2. “Dash & Lily” (Netflix) — 2.49
  3. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 2.04%
  4. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.87%
  5. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 1.82%
  6. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.47%
  7. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.43%
  8. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.38%
  9. “Supernatural” (The CW) — 1.09%
  10. “Lucifer” (Netflix) — 1.05%


Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Nov. 15 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “A Teacher” (FX) — 99.9%
  2. “Balthazar” (TF1) — 92.2%
  3. “His Dark Materials” (BBC One) — 79.9%
  4. “Uomini e donne” (Canale 5) — 73.4%
  5. “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS) — 68.9%
  6. “Manifest” (NBC) — 65.5%
  7. “S.W.A.T.” (CBS) — 64.5%
  8. “Undercover” (een) — 59.5%
  9. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) — 56.9%
  10. “Station 19” (ABC) — 52.5%