In a statement buy, Saban Films has acquired the rights for North America – together with Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France, South Africa and Scandinavia – from Bruce Willis leading actor “Soul Assassin”.
The revenge thriller, directed by Jesse Atlas, also stars Nomzamo Mbatha (“Coming 2 America”) and Barry Jay Minoff (“Exposure”). Atlas co-wrote “Soul Assassin” with Aaron Wolfe, based on their short film “Let Them Die Like Lovers”. Producer Jeff Elliott (“Beast of Burden”, “Untogether”, “The Poison Rose”) and Alex Eckert (“Gotti”, “Hard Kill”); 120dB Films sponsored the film with Elliott’s Brickell & Broadbridge.
“Soul Assassin” is slated for release in 2022 and recently completed the main recordings. It’s about a former Black Ops soldier who takes the place of a man who died as part of an experimental military program to find out who killed him.
Saban Films has climbed several Willis films lately, including Chuck Russell’s recently announced “Paradise City,” Jared Cohn’s “Reactor,” and the recently released “Cosmic Sin” and “Breach.”
“We love working with Bruce and we are especially excited about Soul Assassin,” said Bill Bromiley, president of Saban Films.
“Jesse’s ‘Let Them Die Like Lovers’ was such a conceptual, character-driven thriller and we can’t wait for the audience to see this revenge story,” he added.
Bromiley negotiated the deal for Saban with Brickell & Broadbridge on behalf of the producers. Brickell & Broadbridge, which recently co-funded and produced Saban Films “The Vanished,” handles worldwide distribution.
Saban Films has bought films for North America and the UK after partnering with Altitude Media Group in the UK and Ireland in September. The takeover of “The Soul Assassin” for half of the world’s major film markets, however, puts the US group in a different league.
The new dimension of Saban Films enables Saban Films, with recent agreements with distribution partners in numerous territories including Austria, France, Germany, Scandinavia and Spain, to better compete for titles with platforms and to offer a theatrical opening that welcomes many studio streamers do not offer.
Saban’s hits have spanned the full range of movies like “The Homesman” starring Hilary Swank; August’s digital hit “The Silencing”, a thriller with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; and Fathom Events ”like“ 3 From Hell ”by Rob Zombie and Kevin Smith’s“ Jay and Silent Bob Reboot ”.
One of the most recent box office successes is the horror reboot “Wrong Turn”, produced by Constantin and starring Charlotte Vega and Matthew Modine, which was released in US theaters on January 26th and despite COVID-19 was 1.25 million US dollars Grossed dollars.
Saban Films continued to bring films to theaters during the pandemic, bigger arcs like Ian Nelms and Eshom Nelms’ “Fatman” with Mel Gibson in October 2020 and Brad Furman’s “City of Lies” with Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, which opens in March 2021 has been .
The company’s upcoming slate also includes: Todd Randall’s “Under the Stadium Lights,” starring Laurence Fishburne and Milo Gibson, and Joel David Moore’s horror thriller “Hide and Seek,” directed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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