Cannes: Saban Takes 'War on Everyone' for North America

War on Everyone Still 2 - Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgard  - H 2016
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Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard star in the action comedy from director John Michael McDonagh.

Saban Films has jumped on War on Everyone, taking North American rights to John Michael McDonagh's action-comedy starring Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard.

War on Everyone premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February and had its U.S. bow at SXSW in March. In the film, Pena and Skarsgard play two corrupt cops in New Mexico who make a living blackmailing criminals until they try to intimidate someone who could be even more dangerous than they are. Theo James and Tessa Thompson co-star.

"In an era of increasingly heightened tensions across America between law enforcement agencies and the communities they vow to serve and protect, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Saban Films has the guts to take on U.S distribution of War on Everyone," said McDonagh, adding that his film "is totally irresponsible, deliberately inflammatory and completely lacking in any redeeming social or moral value whatsoever. Venceremos!"

Ahead of Cannes, Bankside Films, which is handling world sales on the film, also closed with Constantin for Germany, Praesens for Switzerland, Arthouse for Russia and Hea Films for the Baltic States. Sony Pictures Worldwide has snatched up the film for multiple territories, while Icon has it for the U.K., Ireland and Australia/New Zealand.

Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo produced War on Everyone together with Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films and Elizabeth Eves co-producing for Reprisal Films.

Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films. UTA Independent Film Group, CAA and Bankside Films represented the producers. McDonagh is represented by UTA and U.K.-based Independent.

Saban Films, founded in 2014, has bowed a handful of films in the U.S., including The Homesman, toplined by Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank; Nicolas Cage-starrer The Trust; and Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King, starring Tom Hanks. The company's upcoming slate includes Rob Zombie’s latest horror film 31, Renny Harlin’s action-comedy Skiptrace with Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville, sci-fi horror title Cell with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta-starrer I Am Wrath.