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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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Nicolas Cage Western ‘The Old Way’ Lands U.S. Deal At Saban Films

Saban Films has acquired North American and other overseas territory rights to The Old Way, the Western from director Brett Donowho that stars Nicolas Cage. The distributor is targeting a theatrical and VOD release for the pic sometime during the fourth quarter of 2022. The deal marks the the second recent pickup of a Cage-toplined pic for Saban Films, which also snagged rights to the frontier epic Butcher’s Crossing written and directed by Gabe Polsky and starring Cage as an 1870s buffalo hunter. Read the Article

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Before Nicolas Cage Plays Dracula, He’s Getting Revenge in Western ‘The Old Way’

The Nicolas Cage movie we cannot wait to see is Universal’s Renfield, which will see Cage *finally* sinking his teeth into the role of Dracula, the most iconic of all living blood-suckers. Of course, that’s only one of many Cage movies on the horizon, including a Western titled The Old Way that’s just been acquired for U.S. release by Saban Films, Deadline reports. Read the Article Read the Tweet

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Saban Films Buys Action-Western ‘Hostile Territory’

Saban Films has picked up North American rights to writer/director Brian Presley’s action-western Hostile Territory (previously titled The Orphan Train) and is planning a theatrical release for 2022. The pic stars Matt McCoy (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle), Brea Bee (Silver Linings Playbook), Brad Leland (Deepwater Horizon), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects), Craig Tate (King Richard) and Presley. Read the Article

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