12:12pm PT by Tatiana Siegel
Saban Films Lands Michelle Rodriguez Gender-Reassignment Thriller 'Tomboy'
Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Walter Hill’s gender-reassignment crime thriller Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale.
Written by Hill and Denis Hamill, the film stars Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, the Fast and the Furious franchise) as a male assassin who gets double-crossed by gangsters and finds himself in the hands of a rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman, now a hitwoman, sets out for revenge.
Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia and Caitlin Gerard round out the cast.
"Tomboy is a unique and clever film which will take the audience on a cool adventure,” Saban Film’s Bill Bromiley said Monday in a statement.
SBS Films’ Said Ben Said produced the pic alongside Michel Merkt. Solution Entertainment Group is handling global sales. SBS Prods. is repped by Behr Abramson Levy. ICM Partners negotiated the deal on behalf of filmmakers, and Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films.
Saban Films was active in Cannes, acquiring Colm McCarthy’s The Girl With All the Gifts, starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and Sennia Nanua; and John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone, led by Michael Pena, Alexander Skarsgard, Theo James and Tessa Thompson.
The company also recently acquired domestic rights to Rob Zombie’s 31, starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Meg Foster; and Renny Harlin’s action comedy Skiptrace, starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville, out of Berlin.