Cannes: Saban Lands '24 Hours to Live' With Ethan Hawke

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The film centers on a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry.

Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Brian Smrz's 24 Hours to Live, starring Ethan Hawke.

Chinese actress Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the thriller from the producer behind the John Wick franchise and Sicario. It will receive a theatrical release later this year. 

Penned by Zachary Dean and based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, 24 Hours to Live follows a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry.

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental Films' Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon produced the film, with Fundamental Films fully financing. Kent Kubena, Jon Kuyper, Jonathan Fuhrman and Gary Glushon are executive producing.

"We love the film — it’s the kind of high-octane thriller we’ve come to know and understand," said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. "We’ve been following this project from the script stage, and are very excited we were able to make a deal."

Fundamental Films’ Mark Gao adds: “We’re thrilled to be partnered with the team at Saban, who are just as passionate and excited as we are to share this wild ride with everyone."

Ness Saban and Bromiley negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films. CAA handled U.S. rights, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales and will screen the film in Cannes.