Vietnam War Drama will be Slated for Theatrical Release
LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2019) – Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kriv Stenders’ (Red Dog, Boxing Day) Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan starring Travis Fimmel (Warcraft: The Beginning, “Vikings”) and Daniel Webber (The Dirt, “The Punisher”). The biggest budget Australian movie for a decade, the film is based on an unbelievable true story. The Vietnam war drama was written by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), and James Nicholas, Karel Segers, Paul Sullivan and Jack Brislee. The film was produced by John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz for Deeper Waters Productions, alongside Martin Walsh for Red Dune Films, Stuart Beattie, Tony H. Noun, Silvio Salom for SunJive Studios, and Andrew Mann. The film will be slated for a theatrical release.
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan takes place late afternoon August 18, 1966, in South Vietnam. For three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers fight for their lives, holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 battle-hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers.
Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said, ““It’s an honor to represent the epic feature that is Danger Close. This film commemorates such a remarkable story of heroism, ready to be brought to the forefront. We look forward to sharing it with the American audience.”
“We are thrilled to have Saban Films as our North American distributor,” stated Saboteur Media’s Mark Lindsay. “Danger Close pays tribute to all Vietnam war veterans and brings to light the incredible sacrifices these young men endured.”
Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Mark Lindsay, David Kennedy and Claire Warnes for Saboteur Media and Nic Cole on behalf of the filmmakers. Saboteur Media is handling worldwide sales.
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 Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.
About Saboteur Media
Saboteur Media is a fully integrated filmed entertainment company based in New York City, and is part of the Goldcrest group of companies. Along with producing and financing feature films and television, Saboteur has built one of the premiere documentary companies in the United States, while also running an international sales company using their infrastructure and expertise to sell titles on a territory-by-territory basis worldwide.
Saboteur is responsible for producing over 30 feature films including Love Thy Keepers (AKA Life Like), Rubble Kings, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, Stolen Seas, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, Doin’ it in the Park: Pick-up Basketball, NYC, Being George Clooney and The Iconoclast.
Saboteur is headquartered in the West Village in New York, where they operate a full-service post production facility under the Goldcrest Post New York banner. Goldcrest Post New York has worked on feature films including Carol, Still Alice, Love is Strange, Beach Rats and Juliet Naked, along with television properties such as Billions, Hap and Leonard, Blue Bloods, and The Girlfriend Experience.
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