Titles take in three of Studiocanal’s biggest upcoming films: action-thriller “Hard Powder” with Liam Neeson and Laura Dern; Aardman Animations’ “Shaun the Sheep 2”; and “The Mercy,” with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.
Two more Studiocanal movies, currently in development and described by Lionsgate as “major properties,” are also part of the deal. In practical terms, commercial releases on final films in the arrangement could run through to 2019 or 2020.
“The Mercy” will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate affiliate Roadside Attractions. The first picture in the deal to be released in the U.S, “Hard Powder” will open in fall 2018.
The deal expands a long-term, multi-front partnership between Lionsgate and Studiocanal. Lionsgate will open Neeson thriller “The Commuter,” on Jan. 12 in the U.S.