E1 Entertainment acquires worldwide rights to The Bang Bang Club

March 9, 2009


TORONTO, March 9 /PRNewswire/ – E1 Entertainment today announced that Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch have signed on to star in the The Bang Bang Club, a Canada/South Africa co-production from producer Daniel Iron of Foundry Films Inc. and Lance Samuels and Adam Friedlander of Out Of Africa Inc. Steven Silver will direct the drama, which will be distributed worldwide by E1 Entertainment.

The Bang Bang Club was the name given to four young photographers; Greg Marinovich ( Ryan Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek and Joao Silva, whose photographs captured the final bloody days of white rule in South Africa. Two were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their acclaimed work. The film tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of these young men – and the extraordinary extremes they went to in order to capture their pictures. Anna ( Malin Akerman) is their photo-editor, who looked out for them, protected them and made sure their photographs were seen across the world. Based on the book by Marinovich and Silva, The Bang Bang Club tells the true story of these four young men, recounting their relationships with each other and the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering. It is also the story of the final demise of apartheid and the birth of a new South Africa.

“We are proud to be the worldwide distributor of this amazing story that shows the many complex facets of humanity, and to have such a talented cast portraying the lives of these fearless individuals,” said Patrice Theroux E1′s President of Filmed Entertainment.

As an actor, producer, and writer, Ryan Phillippe has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most versatile young talents. His credits include “ Gosford Park,” the Oscar(R) nominated “Crash,” “Flags of our Fathers,” “Breach” and “Stop Loss.” Ryan recently appeared in the neo-noir film “Franklyn” opposite Eva Green and will next up star in “Last Battle Dreamer” with Sean Bean.

Malin Akerman is fast becoming one of the industry’s busiest young actresses and is currently starring as Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II in “Watchmen.” Her previous credits include “27 Dresses,” “The Heartbreak Kid,” “The Comeback” and “Entourage.” She will next be seen in “The Proposal,” due out this summer, and will star in “Couples Retreat” with Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau in 2009.

Taylor Kitsch is best known for his role as Tim Riggins in the critically acclaimed series “Friday Night Lights.” He will next be seen as Gambit in the eagerly anticipated X-Men prequel “X Men Origins: Wolverine” in theaters May 1st. Taylor’s previous credits include “Gospel Hill,” starring alongside Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Stiles, and Danny Glover. Other credits include “The Covenant,” “Snakes on a Plane” and “John Tucker Must Die.” He is represented by Endeavor and Untitled Entertainment.

Steven Silver is an award-winning writer/director whose credits include such acclaimed documentary titles as “The Last Just Man,” “Diameter of the Bomb,” and animated documentary television series “The Dark Years.” He was the executive producer of the dramatic feature “Shake Hands with the Devil” and has won over 30 international awards including an Emmy(R), a Writers Guild Award and multiple Gemini and Audience awards at film and television festivals around the world. “The Bang Bang Club” marks Steven’s dramatic feature directorial debut.

The Bang Bang Club is produced by Foundry Films Inc.’s Daniel Iron (“Away From Her,” “Cairo Time”) and Lance Samuels and Adam Friedlander of Out Of Africa Inc. with financing from Telefilm Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), The Harold Greenberg Fund and Instinctive/Riot Entertainment. The screenplay was written by Steven Silver. Principal photography is occurring in and around Johannesburg, South Africa and is scheduled to be completed on May 1st, 2009.

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1′s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1′s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

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