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Ahead of the start of the European Film Market in Berlin, Irish action-thriller Pilgrimage, starring Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland, has been acquired by RLJ Entertainment for U.S. rights in a seven-figure deal.
Directed by Brendan Muldowney, the film is set in 13th century Ireland and follows a small group of monks as they undertake a treacherous pilgrimage to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. But, as the true material, political and religious significance of the relic is revealed, the group’s journey becomes increasingly dangerous.
Jamie Hannigan wrote the script for Pilgrimage, which was produced by Conor Barry and John Keville of Dublin-based Savage Productions and Benoit Roland of Wrong Men. XYZ Films executive produced.
“This is the kind of elevated genre film that action fans across the country have been waiting to see,” said RLJ’s chief acquisitions officer Mark Ward. “With a stellar cast led by Jon, Richard and Tom, we are very excited to bring this film to theaters nationwide.”
Nate Bolotin brokered the domestic rights deal on behalf of XYZ Films alongside WME Global and Ward and Jess De Leo for RLJ.
RLJ recently acquired Sundance title Bushwick, another XYZ Films production, which stars Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow. XYZ’s current slate also includes Apostle, directed by Gareth Evans and starring Dan Stevens; Anders Walters’ feature debut I Kill Giants, starring Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots and Madison Wolfe; and S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99, starring Vince Vaughn and Don Johnson.
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