Entertainment One Grabs U.S. Rights to 'Special Forces' From Studiocanal

"The Final Option" (1982)
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Released in the U.K. as "Who Dares Wins" -- the motto of the British Special Air Service -- this Cold War thriller stars Lewis Collins as a disgraced SAS soldier who infiltrates a comically anti-American militant group (led by Judy Davis) that is bent on nuclear extortion. A veritable documentary on the service's tactics, the final battle resembles the real-life SAS assault on the Iranian embassy in London two years earlier.

The SAS would return in the 1999 BBC telefilm Bravo Two Zero, which starred Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) in the true-life tale of a British soldier captured behind enemy lines during the first Gulf War.

The acquisition of the $25 million action adventure picture marks the first major acquisition for the Canadian distributor since expanding its U.S. movie releasing operation.

TORONTO – Ramping up its stateside theatrical distribution business, Entertainment One has acquired the U.S. rights to Special Forces from Studiocanal.

The Canadian distributor snapped up all rights in English, French and Spanish for the Stephane Rybojad-directed action adventure picture about a  French journalist kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The $25 million movie stars Diane Kruger and Djimon Hounsou, and was shot in Tajikistan, Djibouti and the French Alps.

The deal was unveiled by Harold Van Lier, executive vp of international sales at Studiocanal, and Dylan Wiley, vp of threatrical marketing and distribution at eOne Films U.S.

Toronto-based Entertainment One plans a spring 2012 release for Special Forces, which marks its first major acquisition since expanding its North American movie releasing operations in August 2011, with David Reckziegel  promoted to president of eOne Films North America.