SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

October 24, 2007 03:30 ET

Peace Arch Entertainment Acquires Exclusive Canadian Distribution Rights to Filmmaker Uwe Boll's Epic Adventure Film 'In The Name of The King'

Company Also Acquires Boll's Action Comedy 'Postal' to Further Expand Content Pipeline and Theatrical Distribution Footprint

TORONTO--(Marketwire - October 24, 2007) - Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX: PAE) (TSX: PAE), an integrated global entertainment company creating critically acclaimed television, film and DVD content for worldwide distribution, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with BOLL AG to acquire all distribution rights in Canada to "In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale" and "Postal," from controversial filmmaker Uwe Boll ("BloodRayne," "Alone In The Dark," "House of The Dead"). The agreement, which was executed by Peace Arch Home Entertainment, is consistent with the Company's strategy of building one of the largest independent film and television libraries in the world to generate sustainable revenues through multiple distribution channels in nearly every major international market. Both films will be released in Canada theatrically and on DVD by Peace Arch Entertainment.

"Peace Arch stands out as an independent distributor with a true understanding and passion for my films," said Mr. Boll, an accomplished and controversial director. "I am confident that this will be a successful partnership and these two films will be well regarded in Canada."

"In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale" is a passionate, epic, fantasy adventure with non-stop action based on the popular videogame "Dungeon Siege." The film stars Jason Statham ("Snatch," "Two Smoking Barrels," "Crank"), Burt Reynolds ("Boogie Nights," "Deliverance"), Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas," "Hannibal"), Claire Forlani ("Meet Joe Black," "The Rock"), Ron Perlman ("Hellboy," "Alien: Resurrection"), Leelee Sobieski ("Joan of Arc," "The Glass House") and John Rhys-Davies ("Raiders of The Lost Ark," "Indiana Jones and The Lost Crusade," "The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring").

"Uwe Boll is an accomplished avant garde filmmaker with a well established audience, and we are excited to have the opportunity to distribute these unique movies in Canada," said Berry Meyerowitz, President of Peace Arch Home Entertainment. "Peace Arch is firmly committed to generating significant revenues from our growing Canadian distribution business, which includes the introduction of highly commercial films to the theatrical marketplace."

"In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale" takes place in the spectacular land of the Kingdom of Ehb and is a tale of knights and kings, great courage, noble causes and adventure. The ruling King Konreid (Burt Reynolds) must defend his castle and his people from the evil Gallian (Ray Liotta), who seeks to overthrow him. A horrifying army of animal-like warriors known as The Krugs has been sent by Gallian to pillage and destroy any villages in their path as they rampage across the land on their way to the King. The life of a simple family man named Farmer (Jason Statham) is changed forever when The Krugs invade his peaceful community. After they murder his son and kidnap his wife Solana (Claire Forlani), Farmer is determined to take vengeance. Together with his old friend Norick (Ron Perlman) and a sorcerer named Merick (John Rhys-Davies), he sets out on a momentous journey to rescue his wife. Along the way, he will encounter magic and adventure as the quest soon reveals his destiny in the kingdom. The film's Canadian theatrical release is scheduled for January, 2008.

The dark comedy "Postal" stars Dave Foley ("A Bug's Life," "Southpark: Bigger, Longer and Uncut"), Zack Ward ("Transformers," "Almost Famous"), and Verne Troyer ("Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone," "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"). The film is based on the infamous video game which has sold more than one million units despite being banned in 13 countries and publicly condemned by U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. "Postal" premiered at this year's Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and will be released theatrically in February, 2008.

About Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

Peace Arch Entertainment produces and acquires feature films, television and home entertainment content for distribution to worldwide markets. Peace Arch owns one of the largest libraries of top quality independent feature films in the world, featuring more than 500 classic and contemporary titles. Through its subsidiary, Peace Arch Home Entertainment, Peace Arch is also one of the leading distributors of DVDs and related products in Canada. For additional information, please visit www.peacearch.com. Peace Arch recently acquired Dufferin Gate Productions, one of Toronto's foremost providers of production services and facilities, and Trinity Home Entertainment, a leading distributor of independent features films in the United States.

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