AFM 2012: Asian Buyers Hot for Til Schweiger's 'Guardians'
Guardians, the new film from German superstar Til Schweiger, has generated interest in, of all places, Asia, with Far East buyers scrambling to secure the action drama for their respective territories.
Wolfgang Wilke of sales outfit Action Image, which is representing Guardians worldwide outside of German-speaking Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, said he has received multiple offers from China, Korea and Japan for the film.
Schweiger wrote, directed, produced and co-stars in Guardians, playing an Afghan war veteran and police operative who is assigned to protect the only witness in a gangland killing. When he discovers the mob also has informants within the police department, he goes out on his own, on the run from both the mafia and the authorities.
Warner Bros. released the film in Germany, where it has grossed $7 million so far. A Company will bow the film in Russia and is handling its release across Eastern Europe. Wilke said Guardians also has drawn interest in continental Europe and that he expects to sign a French deal for the picture shortly.