Friday, June 2, 2017

RLJ Entertainment Acquires "The Limehouse Golem"


In Theaters and On Demand September 8, 2017

LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2017 – RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) has acquired U.S. rights to the thriller THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM.  Based on the novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” by Peter Ackroyd, the film was written by the acclaimed writer Jane Goldman (Kingsmen, The Woman in Black), directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) and produced by Stephen Woolley (Their Finest, Interview with a Vampire), Joanna Laurie (Hyena) and Elizabeth Karlsen (Carol).  The film stars Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Underworld), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, “Bates Motel”), Douglas Booth (Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Noah), Daniel Mays (“Line of Duty”) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Homes, “Ray Donovan”).  The film first premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

RLJE plans to release THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM in theaters and On Demand on September 8, 2017.  Mark Ward, RLJE’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today. 

“We’re honored to work with such a talented cast and renowned filmmakers to bring THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM to audiences,” said Ward.  “The film’s “whodunit” plot engages moviegoers to take a thrilling ride with the film’s cast.”

The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood.  With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail.  Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Olivia Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.

RLJ Entertainment’s Ward and Jess De Leo negotiated the deal with WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.  HanWay Films is handling international sales and distribution. 


RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), which have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content. RLJE’s titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. For more information, please visit,, and
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RLJ Entertainment’s upcoming feature films include Once Upon a Time in Venice with Bruce Willis, Bushwick with Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow, and Pilgrimage with Tom Holland and Jon Bernthal.


Number 9 Films was created in 2002 by award-winning producing partners Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen after a long collaboration at both Palace and Scala Productions. The company has established itself as one of the UK’s leading independent production companies forging relationships with a wide range of talent in the UK, across Europe and in the States.

Films produced under the Number 9 banner include HBO single drama Mrs Harris starring Annette Bening and Ben Kinglsey nominated for 12 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Producer’s Guild of America Award; Made in Dagenham starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins which was was nominated for 3 BAFTA’s, 4 BIFA’s, 2 Evening Standard Awards and a London Critics Circle Award. Made In Dagenham the Musical opened at the Adelphi in London’s West End in October 2014 starring Gemma Arterton. Byzantium also starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, directed by Neil Jordan and Hyena directed by Gerard Johnson and produced by Joanna Laurie, Woolley and Karlsen.

Number 9 produced the film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s critically acclaimed Carol, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The film was nominated for 9 BAFTA Awards including Best Film and six Academy Awards including acting nominations for both Blanchett and Mara, with Mara winning Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance. They also co-produced writer/director Paolo Sorrentino’s 2015 Cannes Official Competition Selection Youth starring Michael Caine and Jane Fonda in a Golden Globe nominated role.

Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest is currently in cinemas following premieres at Sundance, Toronto and London Film Festivals and stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy. The Limehouse Golem directed by Juan Carlos Medina and starring Olivia Cooke and Bill Nighy, will be released on September 1st in the UK via Lionsgate.

Currently in post-production is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan.

Number 9 is currently filming Colette, starring Keira Knightley.



HanWay Films is a UK based international sales company specializing in quality, high-profile and commercially driven films from visionary and unique filmmakers around the world. Established in 1998 by producer Jeremy Thomas, HanWay offers full service solutions; arranging financing, sales, marketing and distribution. HanWay has long-term global producing partnerships and represents films from Recorded Picture Company along with projects from third party producers as well as the rights to an extensive film catalogue of over five hundred feature films.

HanWay’s slate includes four titles in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival; Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell which will receive its World Premiere In Competition, Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal, John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s A Prayer before Dawn all which will screen Out of Competition. HanWay also represents Stanley Tucci’s Final Portrait which received its World Premiere at the 2017 Berlinale; Haifaa Al Mansour’s Mary Shelley starring Elle Fanning, and, coming up; Ralph Fiennes’ Nureyev thriller The White Crow, Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio starring Toni Servillo, Sweetness in the Belly from director Zeresenay Mehari starring Saoirse Ronan; Oliver Parker’s Swimming With Men, and Wash Westmoreland’s Colette, starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West. 

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