CANNES (May 10, 2018) – Film acquisition and distribution company, Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kristoffer Nyholm’s Keepers, starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan (“Top of the Lake”, Children of Men) and Connor Swindells. The thriller was produced by Andy Evans, Ade Shannon and Sean Marley for Mad As Birds Films, Butler and Alan Siegel for G-BASE, and Jason Seagraves and Maurice Fadida.
Written by Joe Bone and Celyn Jones, and inspired by thea Flannan Isle mystery, Keepers tells the story of three lighthouse keepers arriving on a remote, uninhabited island for a six-week shift, who discover something potentially life-changing that isn’t theirs to keep. Soon the three are locked in a tense battle for survival, fed by isolation and paranoia, as personal greed replaces loyalty.
“Gerard brings a charm and tact to the grittiness of this action-packed film,” said Saban Films CEO Bill Bromiley. “Keepers is full of tension, allure, and suspense. We absolutely love it.”
Phil Hunt and Compton Ross served as executive producers alongside Brian Oliver of Cross Creek Pictures, Danielle Robinson for G-BASE and Mickey Gooch and D.G. Guyer of Kodiak Pictures. Kodiak financed the film with Head Gear and Creative Scotland. Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films, with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures is representing international rights.
Earlier this year, Saban Films bought Craig William Macneill’s racy drama Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart out of the Sundance Film Festival where it premiered in-competition.
Saban Films’ slate includes: Brad Silberling’s war thriller An Ordinary Man starring Academy Award® Winner Ben Kingsley; Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch; Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, and Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; and Alexandros Avranas’ Dark Crimes starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Since the company’s launch in 2014, Saban Films has released 40 films and continues to be active in the acquisition and distribution space, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31. Recent titles include: Roland Joffe’s The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana; Taran Killam’s Killing Gunther starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lake Bell; War on Everyone starring Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, and Theo James; The Girl with All the Gifts starring Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close; and Ethan Hawke action thriller 24 Hours to Live.
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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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