Kurt Russell Western 'Bone Tomahawk' Acquired by RLJ Entertainment

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'Bone Tomahawk'

The Western will premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin.

RLJ Entertainment has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox.

The Western, written and directed by S. Craig Zahler, will have its world premiere when it serves as the closing night film for Fantastic Fest in Austin next month.

The project marks the first title acquired under the RLJ Entertainment brand. RLJ Entertainment previously released its theatrical titles under the Image Entertainment brand, which RLJE purchased in 2012.

The film centers on an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), who set out to bring a group of settlers home after they're kidnapped by cannibal savages. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission in jeopardy.

The film is produced by Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller and Gregory Zuk of Caliber Media and executive produced by the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones and David Gilbrey.

"We are proud to be bringing this thrilling film to U.S. audiences this year," said Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s chief acquisitions officer. "With S. Craig Zahler’s uncompromising vision and the raw performances from the incredible cast, there is no doubt that Bone Tomahawk will be an instant classic."

The deal was negotiated by CAA, UTA, and Caliber on behalf of the filmmakers and Mark Ward and Grace Santos on behalf of RLJ Entertainment.