Cinedigm Acquires ’22 Bullets’ for Theatrical Release (Exclusive)

The acquisition for distribution rights to ’22 Bullets’ comes on the heels of acquiring a digital distribution company last week

22 bulletsCinedigm has acquired for theatrical release “22 Bullets,” a French-language thriller starring Jean Reno, on the heels of acquiring an entertainment distribution company.

The digital exhibition company led by CEO Chris McGurk is on the cusp of numerous new initiatives. Last week the company acquired New Video, a distribution company for digital home entertainment with a library of nearly 5,000 titles.

And Cinedigm, whose main business has been deployment of digital technology and software in theater chains, is increasingly moving into acquiring and distributing original content in the independent arthouse space.

Inspired by real-life events and based on the novel L'Immortel by Franz-Olivier Giesbert, “22 Bullets” is the story of a Marseille gangster (Reno) who has gone straight. For three years, he has lived a quiet life, devoted to his wife and two young children. Then one winter morning, he is left for dead with 22 bullets in his body. He survives to seek out the man who tried to kill him.

The $22 million French-language feature was produced by Luc Besson, and has taken in $7.4 million worldwide at the box office thus far. No release date has been set yet.

Cinedigm also recently acquired “The Invisible War,” a documentary about rape in the military, and “Citadel,” a horror movie that played at SXSW. The doc will be released in late June.