The companies will also partner on episodic series based on the film

LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2015) – XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the fantasy thriller THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY from Bleiberg Entertainment for release in 2016. The two companies will develop and co-produce an episodic series based on the film and acclaimed artist Everette Hartsoe ("Razor") has created a graphic novel to tie in with the release of the film.

Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are representing the international sales rights at the American Film Market.

THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY stars Ethan Peck (Eden), the grandson of Gregory Peck, India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Natalie Hall (“True Blood”) and Academy Award®-nominee Bruce Davison (X-Men). The film was produced by Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman) and Pearry Teo (Cloud Atlas). Teo directed from a screenplay he wrote with Josh Nadler, inspired by characters from the Brothers Grimm tale.

“With its iconic characters and dazzling visual world, the film is a bold and dark new take on the classic Sleeping Beauty story and lends itself to creating other rich storylines for an episodic fantasy adventure series,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

Thomas Kaiser (Peck) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations -- only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as "protector" -- the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay -- Thomas teams with an ambitious local realtor (Hall) and paranormal cleric (Davison) to unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (Eisley), held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.




One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2015. Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s Jimi: All is by My Side starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix, SXSW hits Housebound and The Diabolical starring Ali Larter (currently in theaters). XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels and the PACE multicultural film label. The company previously released such diverse films as. The Machine, CBGB, American Mary, Storm Surfers 3D, Banshee Chapter, Ironclad: Battle for Blood and Five Star.



Beverly Hills-based Bleiberg Entertainment, founded by acclaimed producer Ehud Bleiberg, develops, funds, produces and sells a diverse array of feature films. The company’s current slate includes Locarno award-winner Tikkun; the Sundance and New York Film Festival-selection Experimenter starring Peter Sarsgaard (currently in theaters); Zoë Bell thriller Camino; and the upcoming Jack Huston-Brit Marling romance Posthumous.  Bleiberg’s previous productions and sales titles include The Iceman starring Michael Shannon and Chris Evans; Free Ride starring Anna Paquin; and The Letter with Winona Ryder and James Franco.