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Saban Films Acquires U.S. And Canadian Rights To AMERICAN MURDERER Starring Ryan Phillippe

Saban Films announced today that they have secured the U.S. and Canadian rights to award-winning director and writer Matthew Gentile’s debut feature film American Murderer. The film stars Tom Pelphrey, Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel, and Jacki Weaver.  Paul Schneider, Shantel VanSanten, Moises Arias and Kevin Corrigan round out the cast.  Saban Films is planning an October 2022 release. Read the Article

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Jason Momoa Western ‘The Last Manhunt’ Sells Worldwide Rights to Saban Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Saban Films has secured worldwide distribution rights to Jason Momoa’s forthcoming Western “The Last Manhunt.” Featuring a largely Native American ensemble cast, the movie follows the true story of the outlaw Willie Boy. Set in 1909, when a reputed murder sparks a Shakespearean tragedy, Momoa’s Willie accidentally shoots his love interest’s father after a confrontation gone wrong. With President Taft coming to town, a local sheriff leads two Native American trackers seeking justice for their fallen tribal leader. Read the Article

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Mel Gibson Thriller ‘On The Line’ Gets U.S. Deal, Release Planned For Fall 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to the Mel Gibson thriller On The Line, in which the Oscar winner portrays a radio host confronted by a hostile caller. In the film, the anonymous caller threatens to kill the host’s entire family while he is on air. To save loved ones, the radio host has to play a survival game over the course of one night and the only way to win is to find out the identity of the criminal. Read the Article

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John Travolta Action Movie American Metal Acquired By Saban Films

A new action-thriller starring John Travolta is on the way, courtesy of Saban Films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has picked up the American Travolta Metal-led film for worldwide distribution in the Cannes market. The film also stars Stephen Dorff ( Lame ), Shiloh Fernández ( Evil Dead ), Ashley Benson ( Pretty Little Liars ), and Kevin Dillon ( Entourage ). Nicholas Maggio is the writer and director, marking his feature debut. It is produced by Corey Large and Bernie Gewissler of 308 Entertainment in association with Bondit Media Capital. The filmmakers are planning a 2023 release now that the film has their backing. Read the Article

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Best Man: Dolph Lundgren, Luke Wilson, and Scout Taylor-Compton to star in new action film

Who’s ready for weddings with a side of terrorism? Saban Films has purchased the worldwide rights to Best Man, an action film starring Dolph Lundgren, Luke Wilson, and Scout Taylor-Compton. Directed by Shane Dax Taylor (The Grey, Provinces of Night), Best Man is set on a remorse resort amid a wedding where mercenaries take control of the property. To combat the situation, the groom, the best man, and their best friend must work together to defeat the terrorists and save the hostages. In addition to the stars mentioned above, Nicky Whelan, Brendan Fehr, and Scott Martin also star. Read the Article

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Saban Films Buys Action-Comedy ‘High Heat’ Starring Olga Kurylenko & Don Johnson

EXCLUSIVE: Saban Films has picked up world rights on Zach Golden’s action-comedy High Heat and will release later this year. The pic stars Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). It takes place over a single night and follows Ana (Kurylenko), a meticulous chef with a hidden past, and her husband Ray (Johnson), a schmoozy serial restaurateur. When the local mafia shows up to burn down her restaurant as part of an insurance scam, Ana defends her turf and proves her knife skills both in and out of the kitchen. Read the Article

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Top 20 Indie Power Players 2022: The Movers and Shakers in Independent Film Distribution

Welcome to Media Play News’ Top 20 Indie Power Players list, our first-ever salute to distributors of independent film, series and niche content. We’re looking beyond the big-budget theatrical blockbusters and streaming originals,and focusing on what for years been the backbone of the film industry, particularly from a creative perspective. Read the Article

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Saban Films Acquires John Malkovich Dark Comedy ‘Chariot’ (Exclusive)

Saban Films has nabbed North American and select international rights to writer and director Adam Sigal’s reincarnation dark comedy, Chariot. The genre pic, starring Thomas Mann, Rosa Salazar, John Malkovich and Scout Taylor-Compton, portrays a corporation and a doctor (Malkovich) that oversees the process of reincarnation, and a young man, played by Mann, who becomes a glitch in the system when he encounters a woman (Salazar) he loved in a previous life. Read the Article

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Saban Films President Bill Bromiley Talks Company’s Global Ambitions As It Signs Distribution Deals In Switzerland & Benelux

Saban Films is continuing to expand its international footprint, having recently inked a deal with distribution partners in Switzerland and Benelux. The L.A.-based company has signed with WW Entertainment in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and Ascot Elite in Switzerland, which it will add to deals it already has in place in the UK and Ireland (Altitude), Germany and Austria (Splendid), France (ACE Entertainment), Spain (Key2Media), Scandinavia (Mis.Label) and Australia and New Zealand (Defiant Screen Entertainment). Read the Article

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