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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Starts Principal Photography

LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2015) – Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced that principal photography has begun today on “DEEPWATER HORIZON” in New Orleans, Louisiana. The film is a presentation of Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Participant Media and adi Bonaventura Pictures / Closest to the Hole /  Leverage Entertainment production.

The film stars Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (“LONE SURVIVIOR”, “THE FIGHTER”)alongside Golden Globe® nominee Kurt Russell (“FURIOUS SEVEN” and the forthcoming “THE HATEFUL EIGHT”), Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (“RED”, “BURN AFTER READING”), Dylan O’Brien (“THE MAZE RUNNER”), Golden Globe® winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson (“ALMOST FAMOUS”, “NINE”).  Peter Berg  (“LONE SURVIVOR”, “THE KINGDOM”) is directing the screenplay written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan (“THE KINGDOM”). The screenplay is based upon the 2010 New York Times article ‘Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours’ by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.  Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“TRANSFORMERS”, “RED”) and Mark Vahradian (“JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT”, “RED”) are producing for di Bonaventura Pictures along with Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, David Womark (“LIFE OF PI”) for Closest to the Hole and Leverage Entertainment. The film is executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King at Participant Media.

“DEEPWATER HORIZON” is based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.
Lionsgate is set to release “DEEPWATER HORIZON” on its Summit Entertainment label in North America on September 30, 2016.
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy® Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black and new series such as The Royals, Manhattan, Deadbeat, Casual and Chasing Life.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, John Wick, Warm Bodies, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, Roadside Attractions’ A Most Wanted Man, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
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Participant Media (www.participantmedia.com) is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant’s more than 60 films include Lincoln, Contagion, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Food, Inc., Waiting For ‘Superman,’ CITIZENFOUR and An Inconvenient Truth. Participant has also launched more than a dozen original series, including Please Like Me, Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Fortitude, for its television network, Pivot. Participant’s digital hub, TakePart, serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles, videos and opportunities to take action. Follow Participant Media on Twitter at @_Participant and on Facebook.

Formed by Lorenzo di Bonaventura in January 2003, di Bonaventura Pictures is based at Paramount Pictures.  di Bonaventura Pictures has produced the box-office hits Transformers, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, all directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf; Shooter, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg; the big screen adaption of the popular comic book, G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra and its sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation; the espionage thriller Salt for Sony Pictures and starring Angelina Jolie; Summit Entertainment’s Red, an espionage thriller based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren; Red 2 starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins; Paramount Pictures’ revival of Tom Clancy’s famed franchise Jack Ryan, starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightly and Kevin Costner; the 4th installment of the Transformers franchise, the sleeper hit The Devil Inside; and the critically acclaimed thriller Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Channing Tatum.
Upcoming productions include the drama Kidnap, starring Halle Berry; Granite Mountain Hotshots, about the Prescott Arizona firefighter tragedy; and Born to Run, based on the Christopher McDougall’s best-selling novel.
In 2011, the company branched into television production with the formation of di Bonaventura Pictures Television.  Based at ABC Studios, di Bonaventura Pictures Television is currently developing the comedies The Wonderful Women of Will’s World, about a charismatic man who tries to juggle life with his two ex-wives, his new younger wife and his three children, and Blondie & Clyde, a modern-day Laverne & Shirley about two women with big-town dreams who live in small-town Iowa; and several yet to be titled dramas.


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