Open Road, IM Global Sign First-Look Deal

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Open Road already distributed IM Global’s “A Haunted House”

Open Road Films will distribute select IM Global films under a new first-look deal the two companies announced on Friday.

IM Global produces, finances and sells international rights to a handful of films each year, such as horror hit “Insidious” and action movie “Bullet to the Head.” It is also a distribution company.

Under this new deal, Open Road will distribute a few of IM Global’s movies in the United States, though neither company specified how many.

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The two worked together previously on “A Haunted House,” the spoof horror film starring Marlon Wayans that  grossed more than $40 million at the box office. They are making a sequel that will open next March.

“Stuart Ford and his partners at Reliance Entertainment have built a formidable business and reputation with great projects under their belt and many more in the pipeline,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said in a statement. “We’ve had success together on ‘A Haunted House’ and are looking forward to more great things in the future.”

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Ortenberg, Open Road’s Ben Cotner and Elliott Kleinberg made the deal with IM Global CEO Stuart Ford and EVP Michael Roban. Open Road has released a dozen movies since its founding in 2011, the most recent of which being Robert Rodriguez’ “Machete Kills.”

“Open Road has established itself as a pre-eminent mini-major in the U.S. distribution arena and it will be a privilege for many of our forthcoming releases to be handled by Tom Ortenberg and his team,” Ford said in a statement.