Santa Monica-based mini-studio Lionsgate has struck a deal with Canada’s Cineplex Pictures to release Lionsgate’s 2023 theatrical slate of Canadian movies.
The lineup spanned 11 feature films over the course of the year, three of which were released in the first quarter: “Plane,” starring Gerard Butler and Mike Colter; “Jesus Revolution,” starring Kelsey Grammer; and the highly anticipated “John Wick: Chapter 4,” starring Keanu Reeves.
The entire 2023 slate also includes: “Is God There? It’s Me, Margaret,” “About My Father,” “The Blackening,” an untitled Adele Lim comedy, “White Bird: A Wonder Story,” “The Expendables 4, ” “Saw” is the next installment in the horror franchise, and “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”, the prequel to the multi-billion dollar “Hunger Games” franchise.
Cineplex Pictures is a genre film release of the Cineplex stock market-listed Cineplex conglomerate, which includes about 170 movies. Its recent releases include “The Good House,” “Lamb,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “Hotel Artemis” and “Dragon Ball Super: Super Heroes.” In October, it acquired the theatrical rights in Canada for Lionsgate and Gold Circle Entertainment’s production of “Pray for the Devil”.
“We are pleased to expand our collaboration with our partners at Cineplex in this key theatrical market,” said David Spitz, Lionsgate president of worldwide theatrical distribution. “With Cineplex’s name recognition, distribution expertise and expertise in the Canadian marketplace, our slate is in great hands in Canada.”
“Cineplex has a long-standing relationship with Lionsgate and we are thrilled to expand the scope of our partnership to include a strong slate of commercially exciting theatrical releases, from action-packed thrillers to family-friendly fare. “Our ability to effectively connect with moviegoers is based on both our rich history of building audiences and a deep understanding of what Canadian moviegoers are looking for,” said Ellis Jacobs, president and CEO of Cineplex.