GK FILMS REBOOTS TOMB RAIDER FILM FRANCHISE

In a pre-emptive strike, GK Films has come on board to acquire the feature film rights to TOMB RAIDER and will reboot the successful action-adventure franchise aiming for a 2013 release for the first film.

Produced by Graham King and Tim Headington, the films will create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.

GK Films acquired the film rights from interactive entertainment company Square Enix Ltd.  In Dec 2010, Square Enix subsidiary, Crystal Dynamics, revealed a new game for TOMB RAIDER based around the origins of the Lara Croft story.

“We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the TOMB RAIDER phenomenon,” said King.

The original game was published in 1996 by the London based video game company Eidos and became one of the most successful video games of the time.  Today Eidos (including Crystal Dynamics), is part of an international interactive entertainment group, Square Enix and the stage is set for this new chapter in TOMB RAIDER history.

A pop culture phenomenon, the original TOMB RAIDER games have sold over 35million game units worldwide and Lara Croft, along with Mario Brothers is the most recognized name in gaming history.

Starring Angelina Jolie, Paramount Pictures made two movies based on the daredevil archaeologist on a series of global missions in 2001 and 2003.  They grossed a total of $432m at the worldwide box office.

Senior Vice President, Grey Rembert will oversee the project for GK Films.

GK Films

Graham King launched GK Films in May 2007 with business partner Tim Headington.  The company’s feature “The Town,” written and directed by Ben Affleck, was recently released by Warner Bros. on September 17.  GK Films also produced “The Tourist,” directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, which was released by Columbia Pictures on December 10 and has garnered $250m at the worldwide box office to date.  Most recently, GK Films produced the animated tale “Rango,” directed by Gore Verbinski and produced with his Blind Wink Productions for Paramount Pictures, which was released on March 4.  The company is currently in post-production on the 3-D family film “Hugo Cabret,” directed by Martin Scorsese set for release through Paramount Pictures on November 23rd 2011, and an untitled love story, written and directed by Angelina Jolie.

GK Films recently announced several new projects including the screen adaptation of “Jersey Boys” and the untitled Freddie Mercury story starring Sacha Baron Cohen and written by Peter Morgan.  Upcoming releases produced by GK Films include the crime drama London Boulevard, starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley and written and directed by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter William Monahan.

Recent GK Films releases include “Edge of Darkness,” and the three-time Academy Award® nominated “The Young Victoria.”

In 2010, Graham King and Tim Headington launched a new division, GK-TV.  Run by President Craig Cegielski, GK-TV is dedicated to the development, production and worldwide distribution of television programming.  GK-TV’s miniseries “Camelot,” set to premiere  on Starz on April1,  2011, stars Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green.

GK Films, in partnership with Peter Schlessel, recently formed FilmDistrict, a multi-faceted studio that encompasses acquisitions, distribution, production and financing on wide release commercial pictures.  The company will theatrically distribute several films per year.

GK Films can be found on the World Wide Web at http://gk-films.com.

About Square Enix Ltd.

Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business unit, develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 54 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com/eu/en/.

TOMB RAIDER, DRAGON QUEST, EIDOS, FINAL FANTASY, SPACE INVADERS, SQUARE ENIX, the SQUARE ENIX logo and TAITO are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Paramount to distribute Scorsese’s and GK Films’ “Hugo Cabret”

Studio to Release in the U.S. on November 23, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 19, 2011) – Paramount Pictures announced today it will distribute Academy Award-winningÒ director Martin Scorsese’s 3D film HUGO CABRET. The studio plans to release the film in the U.S. on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011. Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law and Emily Mortimer, the movie is produced by Academy Award-winnerÒ Graham King, Tim Headington, Martin Scorsese and Johnny Depp. GK Films also financed the movie. Paramount will handle worldwide distribution in all markets excluding UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and the Middle East.

Adapted from the Caldecott-winning Brian Selznick novel by Academy Award-nominated®  screenwriter John Logan (“Gladiator,” “The Aviator”), HUGO CABRET is the story of a resourceful boy who lives in a train station and teams up with a spirited young girl to solve a mystery that is based in his past and affects both of their futures.

Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, said: “Following the tremendous success of ‘Shutter Island’ – as well as the host of other projects we have collaborated on in the past – we were eager continue our work with Marty and be a part of his first ever 3D film.”

“We all believed Thanksgiving was the ideal date to release Marty’s first foray into the family film genre and we are very grateful to Sony and to Paramount that a mutual agreement could be made to allow the film to be released at the best time of year for this kind of all-audience adventure film,” said producer Graham King.

Scorsese is repped by WME and manager Rick Yorn.

GK Films’ Photo of the Week 11.29.10

On December 10, the trap is set. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in GK Films’ “The Tourist.”

GK Films’ Photo of the Week 11.19.10

The perfect trip becomes the perfect trap. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in GK Films’ “The Tourist” – in theaters December 10. For more photos, go to www.gk-films.com.

GK Films’ Photo of the Week 11.12.10

Will Smith stars as Muhammad Ali in “Ali,” directed by Michael Mann. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards® including best actor. For more photos, go to gk-films.com.

GK Films’ Photo of the Week 10.29.10

10.29.10 Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck with star Angelina Jolie on the set of GK Films’ “The Tourist,” in theaters December 10, 2010. Johnny Depp also stars as an American tourist whose flirtatious encounter with a stranger (Jolie) leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice. For more photos, go to gk-films.com.

GK Films’ Photo of the Week 10.22.10

Academy Award® winner Matt Damon in GK Films’ “The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorsese. The film won 4 Oscars®, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Matt Damon can currently be seen in “Hereafter,” opening in theaters today.

“The Town” Novelist Chuck Hogan Takes On Winter Hill Gang Script for GK Films

Chuck Hogan, novelist for the box office hit “The Town” has come aboard to write the screenplay for GK Films’ untitled Boston crime drama centered around the Winter Hill Gang and its chief enforcer John Martorano.

Produced by “The Town” producer Graham King and his business partner Tim Headington, the film will chronicle the reign of the notorious crime gang run by James “Whitey” Bulger and the infamous court case that exposed corruption involving the mob and the Boston office of the FBI.  Former mobster Martorano was the government’s main witness.

GK Films acquired the true life story rights of Martorano who was released from prison in 2007 after serving 14 years for murder.

An internationally bestselling author, Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves was published in 2004 and won the Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing from the International Thriller Writers of America.  Prince of Thieves was adapted by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard into the feature film “The Town” directed by Ben Affleck.  Produced by King and Basil Iwanyk for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, “The Town” was the number one film at the box office when it opened on September 17th and has so far taken over $80m.

Hogan’s other novels include The Standoff, The Blood Artists, The Killing Moon and Devils in Exile and, co-authored with Guillermo Del Toro, the New York Times bestseller The Strain and the new novel The Fall.

UTA and Richard Abate at 3Arts Entertainment brokered the deal.  GK Film’s Grey Rembert is the executive overseeing the project for the company.

GK Films’ Photo of the Week 10.15.10

Golden Globe® nominee Emily Blunt in GK Films’ “The Young Victoria.” Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and written by Academy Award® winner Julian Fellowes, “The Young Victoria” won the Oscar® for Best Costume Design, and was nominated for Art Direction and Makeup. For more photos, and to learn more about upcoming GK Films’ releases, visit www.gk-films.com.

GK Films Photo of the Week 10.08.10

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp  in GK Films’ “The Tourist,” directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Johnny Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.  Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse. “The Tourist” will be released December 10, 2010.

For more photos, visit gk-films.com.