Lionsgate buys 'Bangkok' remake


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BERLIN -- Lionsgate has acquired North American distribution rights to the Nicolas Cage action thriller "Bangkok Dangerous" from IEG Virtual Studios, an affiliate of worldwide distribution company Initial Entertainment Group.

Directed by Hong Kong directors Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang, "Bangkok" is a remake of the Pang brothers' critically acclaimed 1999 film of the same name that won the International Critics Award at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival.

The brothers also directed the Asian horror movies "The Eye" and The Eye 2," which Lionsgate recently remade as a Jessica Alba vehicle.

The company has scheduled the film for a summer 2008 release in the U.S. and Canada and made a significant P&A commitment.

Initial is continuing to license all rights in remaining international territories at the European Film Market in Berlin.

In "Bangkok," Cage plays an anonymous assassin who travels to the city to handle four kills for an underworld crime boss, but his conscience becomes his enemy when he meets a local Thai girl. The movie was shot entirely on location in Thailand.

Jason Richman wrote the script for the movie, which was produced by Cage and Norm Golightly of Saturn Films and William Sherak and Jason Shuman of Blue Star Pictures.