The Punisher & Man-Thing Studio Bought by Lions Gate reports that Artisan, who together with Marvel is making The Punisher and Man-Thing movies, is being bought by Lions Gate…

Lions Gate Entertainment said Monday that it agreed to acquire Artisan Entertainment, a private independent film producer and distributor, for $160 million cash, plus the assumption of debt.

The proposed acquisition will create a company with more than 8,000 entertainment titles, the companies said.

“We enter 2004 with our strongest theatrical slate ever with franchise properties like ‘Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights’ (co-produced with Miramax Films) and Marvel’s incredible comic book legend ‘The Punisher’,” said Artisan Chief Executive Amir.

No word on whether or not the Artisan logo will still be with The Punisher and Man-Thing when the films hit theaters, or whether they will be labeled as Lions Gate features.