Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films has acquired the rights to the Paula Patton thriller Traffik.

Deon Taylor (Meet the Blacks) wrote and directed the feature, which also stars Omar Epps and follows a couple who travel on a romantic getaway to the mountains only to be terrorized by a vicious group of sex traffickers with whom they become locked in a desperate struggle for survival.

Taylor produced through his Hidden Empire Film Group, along with Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith, as well as Patton’s Third Eye Productions. Mark Burg of Primary Wave Entertainment acted as the executive producer.

ICM Partners negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers

“I couldn’t be more excited to join with Jeff and the incredibly talented team at Codeblack Films and Lionsgate,” said Taylor. “They have a great track record in reaching African-American and Hispanic audiences and the marketing chops to expand this harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller to audiences everywhere.”

Codeblack most recently released the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, which grossed $44 million at the box office.

Traffik will be distributed via Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and open on April 20, 2018.

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