AFM: Sam Worthington's 'The Hunter's Prayer' Sells in Numerous Countries

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On the eve of shooting, British actor Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Veronica Echegui have joined the cast

Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush's international action-thriller The Hunter's Prayer has presold in a raft of international markets, as well as snagging new castmembers Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Veronica Echegui.

Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3, U-571) is directing the film adaptation of Kevin Wignall's critically acclaimed novel, For the Dogs, with Sierra/Affinity representing international rights. Paul Leydon, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris wrote the adapted script.

Hunter's Prayer stars Worthington as Lucas, a solitary assassin hired to kill Rush's character. But his plans go awry after the two develop a bond, and the duo soon find themselves being hunted across Europe. Their only hope of survival is to find out why her family was wiped out.

The project has sparked keen interest at AFM. Territories where the film has sold include Germany (Square One), Greece/India/Middle East/Turkey (Italia), Hong Kong/Taiwan (Sound Space), Iceland (Myndform), Israel (United King), Indonesia (PT Prima), Latin America (Sun Distribution), Malaysia /Vietnam (Roarlion), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), South Korea (Focus and Company), Switzerland (Ascot Elite) and Thailand (Mongkol).

Sierra also has closed a deal with STAR for Asia Pay TV.

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Mostow begins shooting the European-set action movie this week in Yorkshire in northern England. Yorkshire will double for a number of international locations, including Switzerland, New York, Germany and Spain. He'll also film in Leeds and Hungary, among other locations.

Compston's credits include Line of Duty and The Damned United, while Landecker starred in Dan in Real Life. Echegui's credits include The Cold Light of Day.

Ingenious Senior Film Fund, Ingenious Project Finance, Maple Leaf Corp, LipSync Productions and Screen Yorkshire are backing Hunter's Prayer.

Producers include Vandal Entertainment’s Navid McIlhargey, Anthony Rhulen for Film Engine, Chris Milburn for Midsummer Films, John and Michael Schwarz, Worthington for Full Clip and Leyden. Gavin Poolman and Duncan Reid are executive producing for Ingenious Senior Film Fund alongside Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire and Norman Merry and Peter Hampden for LipSync Production.