Entertainment One Grabs U.S. Rights to 'Special Forces' From Studiocanal

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The acquisition of the $25 million action adventure picture marks the first major acquisition for the Canadian distributor since expanding its U.S. movie releasing operation.

TORONTO – Ramping up its stateside theatrical distribution business, Entertainment One has acquired the U.S. rights to Special Forces from Studiocanal.

The Canadian distributor snapped up all rights in English, French and Spanish for the Stephane Rybojad-directed action adventure picture about a  French journalist kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The $25 million movie stars Diane Kruger and Djimon Hounsou, and was shot in Tajikistan, Djibouti and the French Alps.

The deal was unveiled by Harold Van Lier, executive vp of international sales at Studiocanal, and Dylan Wiley, vp of threatrical marketing and distribution at eOne Films U.S.

Toronto-based Entertainment One plans a spring 2012 release for Special Forces, which marks its first major acquisition since expanding its North American movie releasing operations in August 2011, with David Reckziegel  promoted to president of eOne Films North America.

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