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Saban Films Closes in on North American Rights to John Michael Mcdonagh’s “War On Everyone” Starring Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James and Tessa Thompson

LOS ANGELES – May 20 2016 – Saban Films is closing in on the North American distribution rights to War on Everyone, written and directed by the universally acclaimed John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Calvary). The action comedy, which made its World Premiere at the 2016 Berlinale followed by its U.S. Premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, stars Michael Peña (The Martian, Fury), Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan, “True Blood”),  Theo James (Divergent franchise), and Tessa Thompson (Creed, Selma). ​ War on Everyone follows two corrupt cops in New Mexico who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he? Writer and director, John Michael McDonagh said, “In an era of increasingly heightened tensions across America between law enforcement agencies and the communities they vow to serve and protect, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Saban…

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Saban Films Closes on U.S. Rights to Apocalyptic Thriller “The Girl With All The Gifts” Starring Academy Award® Nominee Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine

LOS ANGELES – May 13, 2016 – Saban Films is closing on U.S. distribution rights to The Girl with All the Gifts, directed by Colm McCarthy (“Peaky Blinders,” “Sherlock", Outcast). Adapted by M.R. Carey from his own novel of the same title, the post-apocalyptic thriller stars Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Clash of the Titans), Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz), six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons), and Sennia Nanua, in her breakthrough performance. The Girl with All the Gifts is set in a dystopian world where a seemingly normal and very intelligent little girl lives in an underground army bunker with other children her age. They are all experimental cases being examined by scientists – led by Dr. Caldwell (Close) - to find a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet. “Carey has adapted his novel into a film with an unmatched level of cataclysm,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley.…

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Saban Films Acquires US Rights to Stephen King Adaptation “Cell” Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman

LOS ANGELES – March 31 2016 – Saban Films has acquired the US distribution rights to sci-fi horror film Cell starring Golden Globe® nominee John Cusack (Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, 2012), Academy Award® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games). Directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left). When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) bands together with a small group of fellow survivors to trek across a decimated New England to seek answers and reunite with his son. Saban Films President Bill Bromiley said, “Stephen King is widely recognized as a master of the horror genre. Combining his talent along with…

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Saban Films is Acquiring North American Rights to Rob Zombie’s Horror Thriller “31” Starring Sheri Moon Zombie & Malcolm Mcdowell

LOS ANGELES – March 24, 2016 – Saban Films is acquiring North American distribution rights to horror thriller 31, the latest film from visionary mastermind Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects Halloween and Lords of Salem). The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), Golden Globe® Nominee Malcolm McDowell (“Mozart in the Jungle,” A Clockwork Orange), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem) and Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem). Zombie wrote and directed the film, which made its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and will have a September 16th release. ​31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns. “31 is a treat not just to horror fans, but fans of true auteur filmmaking,” said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley. “The film is executed in…

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Saban Films Acquires Domestic Rights to Renny Harlin’s Action Comedy “Skiptrace” Starring Jackie Chan & Johnny Knoxville

LOS ANGELES – February 15, 2016 – Saban Films has acquired the US distribution rights to action comedy Skiptrace, directed by Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules, Die Hard 2) and written by Jay Longino and BenDavid Grabinski. The film stars Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise, The Karate Kid), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass series), and Bingbing Fan (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man 3) and will open theatrically in Q3 this year. Skiptrace follows a Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Chan), who has been tracking a dangerous crime boss, Victor Wong, for over a decade. When Bennie’s beautiful young goddaughter Bai (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, he comes to the rescue and must track down the only man who can help her – a fast-talking American gambler named Connor Watts (Knoxville) who is also on the run from the mob. The unlikely pair embarks on a hilarious adventure from the wind-swept dunes of the Gobi Desert to the fantastical karst mountains…

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Saban Films Acquires Rights to “Man Up” Following the Tribeca World Premiere

Ben Palmer’s Romantic Comedy Stars Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear and Olivia Williams LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK – APRIL 21, 2015 – Saban Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to MAN UP starring Simon Pegg (HOT FUZZ, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS), Lake Bell (IN A WORLD, MILLION DOLLAR ARM), Rory Kinnear (IMITATION GAME, SKYFALL) and Olivia Williams (MAPS TO THE STARS). Directed by Ben Palmer and written by Tess Morris, the film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19. STUDIOCANAL is selling the film worldwide. When Nancy (Bell) is mistaken for Jack’s (Pegg) blind date under the clock at Waterloo Station, she decides to take fate into her own hands and just go with it.  What could possibly go wrong?  MAN UP is an honest, heart-warming romantic comedy about taking chances and rolling with the consequences. One night, two people, on a first date like no other... “MAN UP is a surprising love story led by two hilarious…

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Saban Films Closing In On The Rights to Michael Petroni’s Thriller “Backtrack” After Tribeca World Premiere

Saban Films Makes Aggressive Second Acquisition In Tribeca LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK – APRIL, 24 2015 – Saban Films is in final negotiations on a seven-figure acquisition deal for the U.S. rights to BACKTRACK starring Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, THE PIANIST), Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK, THE VOW) and Robin McLeavy (THE LOVED ONES, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER,). Written and directed by Michael Petroni (THE BOOK THIEF, THE RITE), the film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18. This marks Saban’s second Tribeca Film Festival pick up, having purchased the North American distribution rights to Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy, MAN UP, starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. In BACKTRACK, troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers the horrifying secret shared by his patients, he is put on a course that takes him back to the remote hometown he fled years ago. There in False Creek he is consumed…

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Cannes: Saban Films Buys John Travolta’s ‘I Am Wrath’ for North America (Exclusive)

Saban Films has picked up the North American rights to John Travolta's action-thriller I Am Wrath, directed by Chuck Russell (The Mask, Scorpion King). Hannibal Classics struck the deal with Saban at the Cannes film market, where a teaser and other promotional materials were touted to buyers. Christopher Meloni, Sam Trammell, Amanda Schull and Rebecca De Mornay also star.   Read the Online Article

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