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TIFF: Lionsgate and Roadside Buy Redford’s The Conspirator

TIFF: Lionsgate and Roadside Buy Redford's The Conspirator

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Lionsgate specialty division Roadside Attractions has bought U.S. distribution rights for Robert Redford’s historical thriller The Conspirator, which premiered in Toronto last Saturday.

Written by James Solomon, The Conspirator is based on the true story of the only woman (Robin Wright) charged in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, and the young attorney (James McAvoy) who defends her.  Also starring are Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Danny Huston, Justin Long, Colm Meaney and James Badge Dale. It’s the first film produced by The American Film Company. Roadside plans a spring 2011 release. Reaction in Toronto was mixed. Here’s the WSJ’s interview with Redford.

Premium channel Epix (which is also a video-on-demand and online service), is acquiring exclusive Pay-TV distribution rights–Lionsgate is partnered in the service with Paramount and MGM.

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That said, if “Gods and Generals” could gross $12.8 million in 1533 screens release, maybe there is still some hope for “The Conspirator”.


If the reaction in Toronto was mixed, then I think it isn’t a good sign. Because “The Conspirator” is the kind of film that has very little chance do well theatrically without strong critical support.

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