Heartfelt Baseball Drama to Hit Theaters on July 19th
LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to director/screenwriter/author/musician Raymond De Felitta’s (City Island, “Madoff”) Bottom of the 9th. Penned by Robert Bruzio and formerly titled Stano, the heartfelt baseball drama stars Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” Magic Mike) and Sofía Vergara (“Modern Family,” The Emoji Movie) in their magnetic joint-acting debut. Manganiello produced with his brother Nick Manganiello under their 3:59 banner, alongside William Chartoff and Lynn Hendee.
Bottom of the 9th follows a man who returns to the Bronx after serving 17 years in prison for a violent mistake he made as a kid, ultimately robbing him of a professional baseball career and the love of his life. The film is slated for a theatrical bow on July 19th.
“This is the excellent first joint project for Joe and Sofia and their real-life chemistry shines on screen,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “Bottom of the 9th is really heartfelt, our audiences will love this endearing story of second chances and perseverance.”
Joe Manganiello commented: “I couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with Saban on the release of Bottom of the 9th. It was a labor of love for me and I am so lucky to be partnered with people so genuine and passionate about the film. They are the perfect partners.”
Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Kathy Morgan on behalf of the filmmakers. Co-executive producers are Justin Deimen, Terence Kong and Sherman Ng with Aurora Media Holdings. Executive producers are Piccadilly Pictures’ Christopher Figg and Robert Whitehouse, Kathy Morgan, Douglas W. Miller, Martin McCourt, Jeremy Sim, Chan Gin Kai with Aurora Media Holdings, Fuji Television Network Inc.’s Takashi Ishihara, Tunnel Post’s Alan Pao, Luke Daniels and Jeanette Zhou.
Saban Films remains active in the acquisition and distribution space, and recently announced their partnership with Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, coming on board from script stage for the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Its upcoming slate includes: Casey Affleck’s directorial debut Light of My Life; The Professor starring Johnny Depp; Brian De Palma’s Domino starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; and Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan.
Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31. Recent titles include: The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff; Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante starring Olivia Wilde; James Marsh’s King of Thieves starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon; the anthology Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess; the Gerard Butler starrer The Vanishing; Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; Eshom and Ian Nelms’ lauded feature Small Town Crime starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer; and Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch.
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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, Vice President of Business Development.
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