Saban Films Acquires Kit Harington Spy Thriller 'MI-5'

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The film, directed by Bharat Nalluri, is based on the BBC television series.

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to MI-5, the spy thriller starring Game of Thrones' Kit Harington.

The film, directed by Bharat Nalluri, is based on the BBC television series. It also stars Peter Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Tuppence Middleton and Elyes Gabel.

Saban will release the film in theaters in December.

Nalluri also directed several episodes of the British TV series, and series writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent penned the script for the big-screen version.

The story centers on Will Holloway (Harington), who must team with disgraced MI-5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce (Firth) to track down an escaped terrorist before an imminent attack on London.

MI-5 is an espionage thriller led by the talented Kit Harington,” said Saban Films president Bill Bromiley. “Given the strong and loyal following of actioners, we are confident that fans will delight in the film based on the hit U.K. series.”

Ollie Madden produced MI-5 with Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett for Shine Pictures and Kudos. The film was co-produced by Jane Hooks and Robert Norris.

Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films with WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.

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