Roadside acquires 'Princess' biopic

Marc Forby film debuted at the Hawaii Int'l Film Fest

Roadside Attractions is getting in the aloha spirit, acquiring U.S. rights to the Hawaiian historical biopic "Princess Ka'iulani," written and directed by Marc Forby.

The film, which had its world premiere at the recent Hawaii International Film Festival under the title "Barbarian Princess," stars Q'orianka Kilcher ("The New World") as a princess caught up in the last days of the Hawaiian monarchy who flees to England.

The cast includes Barry Pepper, Shaun Evans and Will Patton.

"Princess" was produced by Island Film Group and Matador Pictures, with Nigel Thomas, Ricardo S. Galindez, Roy J. Tjioe, Lauri Apelian and Forby serving as producers.

Roadside is planning a late-spring release, with Lionsgate handling DVD and other U.S. ancillary markets through Roadside's output deal. Contentfilm International is handling overseas sales.

The deal was brokered by Roadside co-presidents Eric d'Arbeloff and Howard Cohen and Island Film Group founders Tjioe and Galindez on behalf of the filmmakers.