Liam Neeson Actioner ‘Retribution’ Due on Premium Digital Sept. 15

Lionsgate will release Roadside Attractions’ Liam Neeson action thriller Retribution on premium video on demand (PVOD, digital rental) and premium EST (PEST, digital sale) Sept. 15.

Directed by Nimród Antal (Control), the film also stars Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) and Noma Dumezweni (The Little Mermaid).

The film made $12.9 million at the global box office.

In the ticking-clock thriller, Matt Turner (Neeson) begins a high-speed chase across Berlin to complete a specific series of tasks after a mysterious caller puts a bomb under his car seat. With Matt’s kids trapped in the back seat and a bomb that will explode if they get out of the car, a normal commute becomes a twisted game of life or death as Matt follows the stranger’s increasingly dangerous instructions in a race against time to save his family.

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Roadside Attractions Inks Pay 1 Deal With Hulu

Roadside Attractions announced it has entered a multiyear output deal with Hulu for the post-theatrical Pay 1 window, bringing the company’s films to the streamer.

Under the deal, Hulu will receive exclusive U.S. streaming rights to such upcoming Roadside Attractions films as Call Jane, Oscar nominee Phyllis Nagy’s feature directorial debut starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver about an underground group of abortion activists in 1968 Chicago willing to break the law to support women’s health, and Gigi & Nate, starring Charlie Rowe, Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and Jim Belushi. Inspired by true events, Gigi & Nate tells the story of Nate Gibson, a young disabled man who regains hope via his relationship with his service animal, a charming and curious capuchin monkey named Gigi.

“Our new relationship with Hulu is a win for everyone — but especially the talented producers whose films we acquire for distribution,” Roadside co-presidents Eric d’Arbeloff and Howard Cohen said in a statement. “It means we at Roadside can focus on maximizing our films in theaters with the confidence they will find a corresponding home on Hulu’s premium streaming platform, which delivers the industry’s highest caliber and most entertaining independent cinema.”

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“Delivering great storytelling is a core objective shared by Hulu and Roadside Attractions,” Hulu president Joe Earley said in a statement. “We are fortunate that their highly anticipated new titles will be available to our viewers as a part of our industry-leading independent film slate.”

Along with Roadside’s Cohen and Angel An, the deal with Hulu was negotiated by Lionsgate’s Ryan Lowerre and Dillon Siler. Lionsgate owns a minority stake in Roadside and distributes Roadside’s films in the U.S. home entertainment market; as part of that pact, the studio negotiates Roadside’s Pay One theatrical output deals.  

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream,’ Partners with Lionsgate and Roadside on Release

Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to The Secret: Dare to Dream, the feature film inspired by Rhonda Byrnes’ bestseller, from tri-G Films, and has partnered with Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions for all U.S. theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution.

The film is slated for an April 17 theatrical release.

Starring Katie Holmes (All We Had, Logan Lucky, The Gift) and Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, What They Had, “Yellowstone”) with Celia Weston (Knight and Day, The Intern) and Jerry O’Connell (“Billions,” Stand by Me) and directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama), The Secret: Dare to Dream centers around Miranda Wells (Holmes), a hard-working young widow struggling to raise three children on her own. A powerful storm brings a devastating challenge and a mysterious man, Bray Johnson (Lucas), into her life.  In just a few short days, Bray’s presence re-ignites the family’s spirit, but he carries a secret — and that secret could change everything.

“We’ve had the good fortune to digitally distribute the documentary version of The Secret for more than a dozen years and we’re confident that The Secret: Dare to Dream is coming at the perfect time,” said Gravitas Ventures’ president Michael Murphy in a statement. “Audiences will love this feel-good movie. Partnering with tri-G founder Joe Gelchion, author Rhonda Byrne, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions on the feature film is a dream come true for us.”

“When we first screened The Secret: Dare to Dream, we saw the potential to tap into the empowering movement Rhonda Byrne established with her book,” said Lionsgate EVP of strategic planning and business development Geobert Abboud in a statement. “It is an iconic property with an uplifting message and a global fanbase, and we’re very excited by the opportunity to bring it to audiences next year.”

“It is no secret that Rhonda created a juggernaut with her book in 2006 and we are thrilled to bring the film not only to her devoted fans but new audiences as well in April 2020,” added Roadside Attractions’ co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff in a statement

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“From the day I launched tri-G, I was committed to being involved with projects that carried a message of hope and inspiration to all viewers of all ages,” said tri-G’s Joe Gelchion in a statement. “The Secret: Dare to Dream is exactly one of those movies. It’s an honor and blessing to be part of this.”

The 2006 book by Byrne has sold more than 34 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 50 languages and has appeared on The New York Times bestseller list for 190 weeks.