Metrodome to distribute trio of films

Sealed deals for 'Aftershock,' 'Monk' and 'My Best Enemy'

LONDON – All eyes will be on the performance of a trio of movies picked up for U.K. and Irish distribution by indie Metrodome.

The British distributor, listed here on the AIM stock exchange, sealed deals for the $25 million budgeted earthquake thriller "Aftershock," Dominik Moll's Vincent Cassell starrer "The Monk" and "My Best Enemy," starring Moritz Bleibtreu.

In announcing the deals, the company made a point of highlighting the fact it has taken all rights that include plans for theatrical rollouts for all three.

The company's pledge to both the stock market and the industry at large to unspool the trio of movies in theaters comes just weeks after it revamped its structure and strategy.

Following the departure in April of Metrodome CEO Peter Urie who exited to pursue personal producer ambitions and the departure of theatrical distribution general manager Sara Frain, the company said it would be significantly reducing its theatrical movie distribution endeavors while at the same time re-iterating a desire to keep its toe in the market.

With the acquisition of the trio of titles during this year's Marche du Film, Metrodome CEO Mark Webster said he aims to build on the company's reputation as "one of the most respected independent all-rights distributors in the U.K."

It also snapped up home entertainment rights to "Caught In The Crossfire," starring 50 Cent and Chris Klein star as two detectives targeted by both gang members and crooked cops in the pursuit of a brutal killer.

And it also noted strong sales during Cannes for its first two forays into production, fantasy-actioner "Age of The Dragon," starring Vinnie Jones and Danny Glover and WWII action-thriller "Age of Heroes," starring Sean Bean and Danny Dyer.

The movies were repped in Cannes to buyers by Koan and Content Film respectively.
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