‘Silk Road’ Movie Acquired by Lionsgate to Premiere in February
The “Silk Road” movie has been acquired by Lionsgate and will soon be released in the U.S. The movie features Silk Road marketplace founder Ross Ulbricht and events leading to his arrest.
Silk Road Movie Coming Soon
An upcoming feature film titled “Silk Road” will hit theatres in the U.S. in February, according to Lionsgate, which announced Monday that it has acquired the movie.
The American-Canadian entertainment company plans to release the film on Feb. 19 in U.S. theatres, digital, and video on demand. It will then be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 23.
The Silk Road movie is based on the Rolling Stone article called “Dead End On Silk Road” by David Kushner. The movie is written for the screen and directed by Tiller Russell. IMDB describes the movie plot as:
Philosophical twenty-something Ross Ulbricht creates Silk Road, a dark net website that sells narcotics, while DEA agent Rick Bowden goes undercover to bring him down.
Nick Robinson, who starred in Jurassic World, portrays Ulbricht in Silk Road. Jason Clarke, who played John Connor in Terminator Genisys, portrays the DEA agent. Alexandra Shipp, famed for her role as superheroine Storm in X-men movies, is also in the movie, along with Jimmi Simpson, Katie Aselton, Lexi Rabe, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Daniel Stewart, and Paul Walter Hauser.
Lionsgate VP of Acquisitions Lauren Bixby commented: “Silk Road is a thrilling story with the kind of stranger-than-fiction details that can only come from a true story. This movie will keep audiences riveted by its cat-and-mouse game of a criminal mastermind being tracked by a hot-headed narc.”
News.Bitcoin.com has featured numerous articles about the Silk Road marketplace, Ulbricht, and the federal agents involved.
The filming of the Silk Road movie began in June last year and it was scheduled for the world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April but the festival was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Silk Road is not Lionsgate’s first crypto-related movie. In April last year, the company released the movie “Crypto,” starring Beau Knapp, Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth, and Kurt Russell.
Recently, the U.S. government revealed that it had seized bitcoin currently worth over $1 billion from previously undetected transactions associated with the Silk Road marketplace.
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