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Saban Films is making waves at the Toronto International Film Festival market by nabbing U.S. rights to a trio of films from Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media: Isaac Florentine’s Acts of Vengeance, starring Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Robert Forster and Paz Vega; Paul Solet’s Bullet Head (formerly titled Unchained) also starring Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody; and Day of the Dead, a remake of George Romero’s horror classic that will be directed by Hector Hernandez Vicens and star Sophie Skelton.
Saban is eyeing a theatrical release for all three pics later this year.
“Avi Lerner has long become synonymous with widely appealing action thrillers with marquee names,” Saban president Bill Bromiley said Saturday in a statement. “This is perfectly in line with our acquisition strategy. Our audiences are starving for these types of films, and with this newly minted relationship, we are thrilled to have a steady pipeline of these movies.”
Written by Matt Venne, Acts of Vengeance follows a fast-talking lawyer (Banderas) who transforms his body and takes a vow of silent, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.
Bullet Head centers on a group of career criminals who trap themselves in a warehouse with the law closing in and run into an attack dog named De Niro. The Solet-penned screenplay features a series of intertwining narratives that explore the love, fear and conditioning and all the wrong turns that have landed the group in the dog house, fighting for their lives.
Written by Mark Tonderai and Lars Jacobson, Day of the Dead follows a small group of military personnel and survivalists who dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies.
Ness Saban and Bromiley negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films with Dave Sobieraj from Millennium.
Saban Films continues to be an active buyer following the acquisition of Taran Killam’s Killing Gunther and Ethan Hawke action thriller 24 Hours to Live, both of which will be released later this year. Recent titles also include Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lake Bell, and Simon West’s Gun Shy, starring Banderas and Olga Kurylenko.
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sept. 9 daily issue at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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