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AFM 2012: Entertainment One Grabs Brad Turner's 'Scorched Earth' From VMI

Sean Bean
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Sean Bean

The multi-territory deal gives eOne rights to the post-Apocalyptic thriller in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Scandinavia, France and Australia.

Entertainment One has signed a multi-territory deal for Scorched Earth, a postapocalyptic action thriller directed by Brad Turner (24) and starring Sean Bean, picking up all rights to the film in the U.S. as well as several international territories, from VMI Worldwide.

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The sci-fi thriller is set in a ruined future wasteland, after Earth has suffered an environmental collapse killing billions. What remains is a rudimentary society with small outposts of civilization and a vast, lawless wasteland. Bean plays Atticus Gage, a ruthless bounty hunter who is offered the bounty of a lifetime if he heads out into the badlands to track down the world's most wanted criminal.

Scorched Earthwill mark the directorial debut of Emmy-winning 24 helmer Turner. Kevin Leeson and Jamie Goehring are producing, with Shawn Williamson and Daniel Zirilli as executive producers.

In addition to U.S. rights, eOne snatched up rights in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia and Scandinavia for Scorched Earth, signing the deal on the eve of AFM, where VMI Worldwide is shilling the project. Andre Relis from VMI Worldwide and Sejin Croninger from eOne negotiated the deal.

The sci-fi thriller is set in a ruined future wasteland, after earth has suffered an environmental collapse killing billions. What remains is a rudimentary society with small outposts of civilisation and a vast, lawless wasteland. Bean plays Atticus Gage, a ruthless bounty hunter who is offered the bounty of a lifetime if he heads out into the badlands to track down the world's most wanted criminal.

Scorched Earth will mark the directorial debut of Emmy-winning 24 helmer Turner. Kevin Leeson and Jamie Goehring are producing with Shawn Williamson and Daniel Zirilli as executive producers.

In addition to U.S. rights, eOne snatched up rights in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and Scandinavia for Scorched Earth, singing the deal on the eve of AFM, where VMI Worldwide is shilling the project. Andre Relis from VMI Worldwide and Sejin Croninger from eOne negotiated the deal.

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VMI first introduced the project to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Principal photography on Scorched Earth is set to kick off in February.