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Cleopatra Entertainment LLC, the movie division of famed indie record label Cleopatra
Records, has acquired all domestic rights to the feel-good true story A Street Cat Named Bob, directed by Roger
Spottiswoode (Turner and Hooch, Tomorrow Never Dies) and starring Luke Treadaway (Unbroken), Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain) and Joanne
Froggatt (Downtown Abbey). The film, written by Tim John and Maria
Nation, is based on the international bestseller by James
Bowen and Garry Jenkins. Produced by Adam Rolston for Shooting Script
Films, the uplifting story will be released domestically in theaters on November 18th, 2016.
Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James
was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James
couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.
The book "A Street Cat Named Bob" was first published in the U.K. in March 2012 and spent a record 70 consecutive weeks on the Sunday Times Bestseller list, the majority of which residing at the number one spot. The book has now been published in more than 30 territories, including the U.S., China, and Japan, selling more than five million copies worldwide.
Damian Jones (Absolutely Fabulous, The Lady In The Van) serves as executive producer on the film. Prescience fully financed the production and Tim Smith, Paul Brett, Anders Erden and James
Swarbrick also serve as executive producers. The Exchange handled sales.
Releasing International and Stage 6 Films will release the film on November 4th in the UK and in multiple territories this fall.
"This is a universal story that audiences around the world have already embraced," said Cleopatra
founder Brian Perera. "We are excited to play a part in bringing this project to both old and new fans of this inspiring story."
"Powerful and inspirational, with a strong music base, A Street Cat Named Bob makes this true life story a perfect fit for Cleopatra
Distribution," said Brian O'Shea, The Exchange CEO.
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Since its inception in 1992, the L.A.-based independent record label founded by Brian Perera has brought alternative and underground music acts - from goth rock icons Christian Death to proto-industrial legends Chrome to space rock hero Nik Turner of Hawkwind - to wider audiences all over the world. In addition, the label has released albums by multi-platinum recording artist/producer Todd Rundgren, Grammy Award-nominated Judy Collins, and speed rock kings Motörhead, plus indie rock band Magic Wands, punk rock legends Anti-Nowhere League, multi-faceted icon William Shatner, and many others.
About The Exchange:
Collaborative and transparent, The Exchange is a leading international sales and finance company committed to creating strong relationships between filmmakers, film financers and distributors through the exchange of product, information and commerce. Created by veteran sales executive Brian O'Shea, the company specializes in high quality, commercial films that appeal to North American audiences and the ever-evolving global film market. For more information, please visit: www.theexchange.ws.