Senator to distribute Weinstein's 'Grindhouse' slate


COLOGNE, Germany -- Senator Film has signed a distribution agreement with the Weinstein Co. for German theatrical and DVD rights to a slate of genre films from the company's Dimension division, including the new "Grindhouse" double bill from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez.

The pact, signed Monday in New York, also includes Stephen King adaptation "1408," starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, and director Frank Darabont's "The Mist."

"I'm very excited to be able to bring these Dimension films to theaters in Germany," Senator Film board member Marco Weber said. "In particular, I see the 'Grindhouse' films from Tarantino and Rodriguez as the highlights of our 2007 slate."

The deal with Weinstein Co. is the first major, multi-title licensing agreement for Senator since a group of investors, led by Weber and Helge Sasse, acquired the Berlin-based film group last year.

Senator said that the deal will result in an increase of about 20% in sales for the company next year.

Other titles in the package include Jonathan Levine's high school horror film "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" and Rob Binder's "Surfer Dude," starring Matthew McConaughey.

Senator will release the first "Grindhouse" picture, the Robert Rodriquez-helmed "Planet Terror," in Germany this April. The second part of the zombie horror double bill, Tarantino's "Death Proof," will follow in August.