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Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions acquire 'I Can Only Imagine'

Drama tells story behind most played radio song in Christian music history.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired North American rights to Jon and Andrew Erwin’s film I Can Only Imagine starring Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman and Country singer Trace Adkins.

The faith-based drama is scheduled for release in North America on March 16, 2018 and tells the story of ‘I Can Only Imagine’, the most played radio single in Christian music history.

At the heart of the story is how Bart Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, wrote the song to change his relationship with his troubled father.

“This is an extraordinary movie about the power of faith, love, family, and music,” Roadside Attractions co-presidents and co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said.

“The Erwins bring world-class storytelling and production values to faith-based films. It’s no surprise they have attracted such a phenomenal cast to their latest feature. We are thrilled
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Film News Roundup: Vaccine Documentary ‘Pathological Optimist’ Lands at Film Arcade, Gravitas

Film News Roundup: Vaccine Documentary ‘Pathological Optimist’ Lands at Film Arcade, Gravitas
In today’s film news roundup, Miranda Bailey’s vaccine documentary “The Pathological Optimist” gets distribution and Lionsgate teams with Roadside Attractions to pick up faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine.”

Acquisitions

The Film Arcade and Gravitas Ventures have acquired rights to Miranda Bailey’s documentary “The Pathological Optimist,” centered on anti-vaccination crusader Dr. Andrew Wakefield.

The film will be released theatrically by the Film Arcade on Sept. 29 followed by a VOD release via Gravitas later this year.

The film is a character study of Wakefield, one of 13 co-authors of a 1998 paper in the U.K. medical journal the Lancet. That paper claimed that there was a link between the administration of the measles, mumps, and rubella (Mmr) vaccine, and the appearance of autism and bowel disease. Wakefield was accused of professional misconduct and falsifying information in that study, and the Lancet retracted the piece in 2010 and the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council revoked Wakefield’s
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Inferno beefs up exec suite

Inferno Distribution founders Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel have hired a quartet of new executives for their growing production-distribution outfit.

Producer Tracee Stanley has come on as head of production and development; executive Pamela Pickering has become head of international sales and distribution; and former lawyers Travis Mann and Philip J. Strina have joined Inferno as executive vp business development and special projects and senior vp business affairs, respectively.

Inferno's "The Women," written and directed by Diane English and starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes and Debra Messing, opens Sept. 12.
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