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Film Acquisition Rundown: RLJ Entertainment Picks Up ‘I.T.,’ BOND/360 Goes For ‘God Knows Where I Am’ And More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.

“God Knows Where I Am”

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

RLJ Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the thriller “I.T.,” directed by John Moore and written by Dan Kay and William Wisher, Jr.

The film stars Pierce Brosnan, Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott and James Frecheville. The film “tells the story of Mike Regan (Brosnan), a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art “smart home.”  But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life.  In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs to rely on his old connections to defeat a new kind of nemesis.”

RLJE will “I.T.” in theaters and On Demand in September 2016.

-BOND/360 has acquired the exclusive North American rights to “God Knows Where I Am,” the directorial debut of veteran producers Jedd and Todd Wider. The documentary questions our societal norms for dealing with the mentally ill and homeless.

The film uses a “mystery narrative with stunning 16mm and 35mm cinematography to tell the story of Linda Bishop. Bishop, a well-educated New Hampshire mother diagnosed with severe bipolar psychosis, was determined to stay free of the mental health system after her early unconditional release from a state psychiatric hospital. Instead, she wandered ten miles down the road, broke into an abandoned farmhouse and lived off of rainwater and apples for the next four months. Faced with one of the coldest winters on record and the property’s dwindling apple supply, she found herself the ultimate prisoner — within the farmhouse and her own mind. She documented her experiences in a diary that is poignant, funny, spiritual and deeply disturbing.”

BOND/360 will theatrically release the documentary in Fall 2016 in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationally in over forty markets.

– XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the suspense thriller “The Windmill” and will release the film this October on its acclaimed “Macabre” genre label. The film has its world premiere at FrightFest next month.

The film marks the directorial debut of Nick Jongerius, based on his original idea with screenplay by Suzy Quid and Chris W. Mitchell. In the film, “a group of unsuspecting tourists awaken a mysterious evil whilst on a trip through the Dutch countryside. When their tour bus breaks down, the strangers are forced to seek shelter in an abandoned barn beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshipping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain. As members of the group start disappearing, secrets are revealed that seem to mark them all for doom.”

– Well Go USA Entertainment has picked up the North American rights for Don Coscarelli’s legendary “Phantasm” seriesincluding an all-new 4K restoration of the original 1979 cult classic “Phantasm: Remastered,” never-before-seen HD restorations of 1994’s “Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead” and 1998’s “Phantasm IV: Oblivion,: and the long-anticipated debut of the fifth and final film in the series, 2016’s “Phantasm: Ravager.”

On October 7, the entire series will be available in remastered, high-definition versions across all cable and digital platforms. A Blu-ray and DVD Collector’s Edition Set of the series will follow later this year, along with individual Blu-rays and DVDs of “Phantasm: Remastered” and “Phantasm: Ravager.”

– Cleopatra Films, the movie division of famed indie record label Cleopatra Records, has acquired all domestic rights to the true story “A Street Cat Named Bob,” directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Olivier Award-winning actor Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas and Golden Globewinner Joanne Froggatt (“Downtown Abbey”). The film, written by Tim John and Maria Nation, is based on the international bestseller by James Bowen and Garry Jenkins.

The film “tells the true story of how James Bowen (Treadaway), a homeless street musician and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat on the streets of London.”

The film will be released domestically in theaters on November 18.

– Zodiak Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has licensed all North and Latin American rights of the one-hour psychological thriller “Wolf Creek” to Lionsgate. Lionsgate has licensed the series to its Pop TV joint venture with CBS.

The show is based on the international hit feature film of the same name and will see John Jarratt reprising his role as murdering psychopath Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian Outback.

Pop will premiere “Wolf Creek” in the United States on Friday, October 14.

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