Lionsgate UK chief exec Zygi Kamasa announced today the UK arm of the indie film and TV giant would be financing and co-investing in at least 25 British films over the next four years. The re-affirmation of Lionsgate’s commitment to British film comes after the company had invested in and released more than 20 British features with a combined production budget of over $225 million.
Kamasa, who recently re-upped with the mini-major with enhanced responsibilities, has been a long-time supporter of British film. The company most recently was involved in the Alan Rickman-Kate Winslet starrer A Little Chaos, Steven Knight’s directorial effort Locke starring Tom Hardy as well as Kit Harrington-Alicia Vikander drama Testament of Youth.
In the most immediate pipelines are Sundance breakout Brooklyn, the Matthew Vaughn-produced Eddie the Eagle starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman as well as the recently announced Limehouse Golem starring Alan Rickman and Douglas Booth, produced by Stephen Wooley and to be released next year by Lionsgate UK.
“I’m delighted to continue growing our business and leading the way in supporting British film. The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help position independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide,” commented Kamasa.