The drama co-starring Stellan Skarsgard from Thor and The Avengers received a number of awards consideration screenings a few years back with plans to release it sometime in 2011 through Freestyle Releasing. Apparently, after being released in one theater for a one-week run in December 2010, it otherwise never saw the light of day.
Until now, as word comes down that Lionsgate's Codeblack Films division has picked up the distribution rights for the film with plans to release it on April 14, 2014, almost five years after the completion of filming.
Directed by Geoffrey Sax (White Noise), the film based on a true story stars Berry as Frankie Murdoch, a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder in the '70s, including an alter ego that's decidedly racist. Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson co-star.
You can read the official press release for the announcement below:
Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate (LGF) company, has acquired North American distribution rights to the film, "Frankie & Alice," starring Academy Award® winner Halle Berry , which will be released on April 4, 2014.
Inspired by a true story, the moving drama centers around a young woman (Berry) with multiple personality disorder who struggles to cope with her disease.
Stellan Skarsgard (Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers), Emmy® nominee Phylicia Rashad (For Colored Girls), and Emmy nominee Chandra Wilson also star in the film. Berry also served as producer on the film along with Vincent Cirrincione (Lackawanna Blues, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge). Berry won an Academy Award for her riveting performance in Lionsgate's Monster's Ball and has starred in such films as X Men, X Men: The Last Stand, Die Another Day, Bulworth, Swordfish and the upcoming X Men: Days of Future Past.
"Halle Berry delivers a spellbinding performance in Frankie & Alice," said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan . "Codeblack is thrilled to bring this important film to theaters nationwide delivering on our commitment to bring more quality films to the marketplace."
"We are very pleased to be working with Halle Berry and Codeblack Films/Lionsgate on the release of Frankie and Alice," said 37 Star Media Fund Chairman Robert Watts . "This is a career landmark for Halle as this is her first role as Producer. She has done a brilliant job and we anticipate that it will be very well received by diverse audiences both in North America and abroad."
Codeblack Films' General Manager Quincy Newell negotiated the film acquisition with David B. Strapko of 37 Star Media Fund Corp. and Stephanie Denton of New Cadence Entertainment.