Toronto: Tribeca Film Acquires North American Rights to Cop Thriller 'Hyena'
The distributor is planning a 2015 theatrical release for the London-set film
The cop thriller also opened this year's Edinburgh Film Festival. Written and directed by Gerard Johnson (Tony), Hyena stars Peter Ferdinando (Starred Up, High Rise), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire), Neil Maskell (Kill List) and Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones).
In the vein of Bad Lieutenant, the story centers on Michael Logan (Ferdinando), a high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer in London who must contend with a recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters and his own self-destructive behavior.
Tribeca is planning a 2015 theatrical release.
"Hyena is a raw, unflinching and explosive portrait of the contemporary London underworld," Tribeca Film's Geoff Gilmore said. "At the cutting edge of the cinematic universe inhabited by Abel Ferrara and Nicolas Winding Refn, director Gerard Johnson has stylishly crafted a world of brutality and amoral battles between cops and thugs from which there is no easy escape or refuge and that you won’t want to miss."
Added Johnson: "The guys at Tribeca are very passionate about Hyena. It really helps that there is strong film heritage associated with their name."
Stephen Woolley, Joanna Laurie and Elizabeth Karlsen produced the film.
The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva. Abigail Walsh of Independent Film Sales repped the filmmakers.