BERLIN – February 10, 2017 – Saban Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to Tim Smit’s Redivider starring Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, “Downton Abbey”) and Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall, “Twin Peaks”). Patrick Chu produced the film for FilmNation Entertainment alongside Tim Smit, and Sander Verdonk and Denis Wigman for CTM Films. The film is currently in post-production.
Based on Smit’s short What’s In The Box?, the sci-fi film is co-written by Charlie Kindinger and Omid Nooshin. Set in a futuristic world, the video game style plot follows a pilot battling to save his family after an experiment for unlimited energy, harnessing parallel universes, goes wrong.
“Smit’s previous work in VFX is evident throughout this film, and his experience working within the action and sci-fi genre takes his feature debut to a spectacular level,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “This will be a unique film that will captivate our audiences with its heavy visuals and thought-provoking plotlines.”
“We are thrilled to work with Saban on Tim’s amazing debut feature centered on this unique and thought provoking concept,” said FilmNation Entertainment.
Ness Saban and Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films, along with Robert Carney for FilmNation, who is selling the foreign rights.
Executive Producers are FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Milan Popelka, SquareOne Entertainment’s Al Munteanu, RainMaker Films’ Clay Pecorin and Russell Geyser, and Thibaut Niels.
Saban Films most recently acquired North American rights to Academy Award® Nominee Roland Joffé’s The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Banaout of the American Film Market.
Saban Films’ slate also includes: Sean Penn’s The Last Face starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem; Jonathan Mostow’s The Hunter’s Prayer starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush; Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic thriller The Girl with All the Gifts which made its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and stars six-time Academy Award® Winner Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine; Walter Hill’s The Assignment, which also made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia; Rob Zombie’s 31; Zack Whedon’s feature debut Come and Find Me starring Emmy Award Winner Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis; and John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone starring Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, and Tessa Thompson.
Since the company’s launch in 2014, Saban Films has released The Homesman starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank; Tracers starring Taylor Lautner; Philip Martin’s The Forger starring John Travolta; American Heist starring Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody; Some Kind of Beautiful starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba; Man Up starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell; MI-5 starring Kit Harington; Alex and Benjamin Brewer’s The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood; Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King starring Tom Hanks; sci-fi horror film Cell starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson; I Am Wrath with John Travolta; and Renny Harlin’s action comedy Skiptrace, starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville.
About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America. Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as president, Shanan Becker, Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Director of Business Development.