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Maple Pictures acquires Pontypool

TORONTO, CANADA, August 24, 2008 — Maple Pictures have acquired all Canadian rights in all media to PONTYPOOL, it was announced today by Co-President Brad Pelman.

Helmed by renowned Director Bruce McDonald, PONTYPOOL marks the filmmaker’s first venture into the horror genre. The film is adapted from the novel “Pontypool Changes Everything” by Tony Burgess which tells the story of a morning radio show broadcasting out of a church basement in the small town of Pontypool. What starts out as an otherwise ordinary day suddenly turns deadly when reports start coming in of a strange virus spreading through the town.

“We are very proud to have Bruce’s next film on our slate,” says Pelman. “His vision as a daring filmmaker and a master of stylized cinema is clearly evident in PONTYPOOL. Not only has Bruce constructed an intense psychological thriller that will appeal to a mainstream audience, but he has also brilliantly adapted a well-known Canadian book.”

The deal was negotiated by John Bain and Brad Pelman for Maple Pictures and Ambrose Roche and J. Miles Dale on behalf of the film.

“Maple’s track record in generating box office for intelligent suspense thrillers is unsurpassed, and makes them a great partner for us,” says Dale. “We believe they are ideally suited to take PONTYPOOL and Bruce into the commercial mainstream.”

PONTYPOOL is the first full length Canadian feature to be shot entirely using the new Red One 4k HD camera and will be the first feature shot in that format to ever screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Maple Pictures’ recent acquisitions include HUNGER, the poignant story of the last months in the life of Irish Republican, Bobby Sands. Directed by artist-turned-director Steve McQueen, the film took home the prestigious Camera D’Or for best first time feature at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Additional Maple pick-ups include THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, which marked the first big-screen pairing of martial arts legends Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and the critically acclaimed THE BANK JOB, starring international action star Jason Statham.

Upcoming Maple films include the end-of-summer actioner BANGKOK DANGEROUS, starring Nicolas Cage, THE LUCKY ONES, starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins, and the highly anticipated THE SPIRIT, helmed by Frank Miller and starring Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes. Maple Pictures is also the distributor behind critical sensation and Golden Globe winner, MAD MEN, which leads this year’s Emmy awards with 16 nominations. 

Founded in 2005, Maple Pictures is one of Canada’s leading film companies. Showcasing a broad range of motion pictures, television programming and home entertainment, Maple is recognized for distributing commercially and critically exciting product, including the Best Picture Academy Award winning film CRASH. Maple Pictures is committed to continuing its growth through its grassroots acquisition and distribution of diverse and distinctive films.

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Maple Pictures acquires Pontypool

TORONTO, CANADA, August 24, 2008 — Maple Pictures have acquired all Canadian rights in all media to PONTYPOOL, it was announced today by Co-President Brad Pelman.

Helmed by renowned Director Bruce McDonald, PONTYPOOL marks the filmmaker’s first venture into the horror genre. The film is adapted from the novel “Pontypool Changes Everything” by Tony Burgess which tells the story of a morning radio show broadcasting out of a church basement in the small town of Pontypool. What starts out as an otherwise ordinary day suddenly turns deadly when reports start coming in of a strange virus spreading through the town.

“We are very proud to have Bruce’s next film on our slate,” says Pelman. “His vision as a daring filmmaker and a master of stylized cinema is clearly evident in PONTYPOOL. Not only has Bruce constructed an intense psychological thriller that will appeal to a mainstream audience, but he has also brilliantly adapted a well-known Canadian book.”

The deal was negotiated by John Bain and Brad Pelman for Maple Pictures and Ambrose Roche and J. Miles Dale on behalf of the film.

“Maple’s track record in generating box office for intelligent suspense thrillers is unsurpassed, and makes them a great partner for us,” says Dale. “We believe they are ideally suited to take PONTYPOOL and Bruce into the commercial mainstream.”

PONTYPOOL is the first full length Canadian feature to be shot entirely using the new Red One 4k HD camera and will be the first feature shot in that format to ever screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Maple Pictures’ recent acquisitions include HUNGER, the poignant story of the last months in the life of Irish Republican, Bobby Sands. Directed by artist-turned-director Steve McQueen, the film took home the prestigious Camera D’Or for best first time feature at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Additional Maple pick-ups include THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, which marked the first big-screen pairing of martial arts legends Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and the critically acclaimed THE BANK JOB, starring international action star Jason Statham.

Upcoming Maple films include the end-of-summer actioner BANGKOK DANGEROUS, starring Nicolas Cage, THE LUCKY ONES, starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins, and the highly anticipated THE SPIRIT, helmed by Frank Miller and starring Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes. Maple Pictures is also the distributor behind critical sensation and Golden Globe winner, MAD MEN, which leads this year’s Emmy awards with 16 nominations. 

Founded in 2005, Maple Pictures is one of Canada’s leading film companies. Showcasing a broad range of motion pictures, television programming and home entertainment, Maple is recognized for distributing commercially and critically exciting product, including the Best Picture Academy Award winning film CRASH. Maple Pictures is committed to continuing its growth through its grassroots acquisition and distribution of diverse and distinctive films.

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Maple Pictures acquires Pontypool

TORONTO, CANADA, August 24, 2008 — Maple Pictures have acquired all Canadian rights in all media to PONTYPOOL, it was announced today by Co-President Brad Pelman.

Helmed by renowned Director Bruce McDonald, PONTYPOOL marks the filmmaker’s first venture into the horror genre. The film is adapted from the novel “Pontypool Changes Everything” by Tony Burgess which tells the story of a morning radio show broadcasting out of a church basement in the small town of Pontypool. What starts out as an otherwise ordinary day suddenly turns deadly when reports start coming in of a strange virus spreading through the town.

“We are very proud to have Bruce’s next film on our slate,” says Pelman. “His vision as a daring filmmaker and a master of stylized cinema is clearly evident in PONTYPOOL. Not only has Bruce constructed an intense psychological thriller that will appeal to a mainstream audience, but he has also brilliantly adapted a well-known Canadian book.”

The deal was negotiated by John Bain and Brad Pelman for Maple Pictures and Ambrose Roche and J. Miles Dale on behalf of the film.

“Maple’s track record in generating box office for intelligent suspense thrillers is unsurpassed, and makes them a great partner for us,” says Dale. “We believe they are ideally suited to take PONTYPOOL and Bruce into the commercial mainstream.”

PONTYPOOL is the first full length Canadian feature to be shot entirely using the new Red One 4k HD camera and will be the first feature shot in that format to ever screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Maple Pictures’ recent acquisitions include HUNGER, the poignant story of the last months in the life of Irish Republican, Bobby Sands. Directed by artist-turned-director Steve McQueen, the film took home the prestigious Camera D’Or for best first time feature at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Additional Maple pick-ups include THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, which marked the first big-screen pairing of martial arts legends Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and the critically acclaimed THE BANK JOB, starring international action star Jason Statham.

Upcoming Maple films include the end-of-summer actioner BANGKOK DANGEROUS, starring Nicolas Cage, THE LUCKY ONES, starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins, and the highly anticipated THE SPIRIT, helmed by Frank Miller and starring Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes. Maple Pictures is also the distributor behind critical sensation and Golden Globe winner, MAD MEN, which leads this year’s Emmy awards with 16 nominations. 

Founded in 2005, Maple Pictures is one of Canada’s leading film companies. Showcasing a broad range of motion pictures, television programming and home entertainment, Maple is recognized for distributing commercially and critically exciting product, including the Best Picture Academy Award winning film CRASH. Maple Pictures is committed to continuing its growth through its grassroots acquisition and distribution of diverse and distinctive films.

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