Freestyle takes the 'Fifth' rights


NEW YORK -- Freestyle Releasing has nabbed domestic theatrical rights to writer-producer-star Rick Yune's martial arts flick "The Fifth Commandment" and plans to kick it into more than 1,000 theaters nationwide in March.

Yune ("Die Another Day") plays a trained assassin who turns down an assignment to kill a pop singer (Dania Ramirez) because her bodyguard is his half brother (Bokeem Woodbine). The siblings soon find themselves targeted in Bangkok by every top assassin in the world, forcing them to rely on the training of their tough father (Keith David).

Yune, a veteran martial artist, wrote the English-language original screenplay. He produced the project with Andrew Zarrow and executive producer Patrick Cole. Director John Z. Lee's film marks Yune's writing and producing debut.

"What makes 'The Fifth Commandment' stand out are the fight scenes, which, like 'Ong-Bak,' are the real thing, not staged," Freestyle co-president Susan Jackson said. "Uwe Boll's sales company, Boll AG, screened the film at Cannes, and we were really entertained. As with our release 'Dragon Wars,' we could really see the trailer and 30-second spot."

Boll AG will handle international sales at AFM, and Freestyle is in negotiations with a US DVD distributor for a home video release.