Magnet draws pair of Chilean martial arts pics


New Magnolia Pictures genre label Magnet has attracted North American rights to two action flicks, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza's "Kiltro" and "Mirageman." Both feature martial arts lead Marko Zaror.

In "Kiltro," Zaror plays a violent gangster out to avenge his mother's murder. The film was a hit in writer-director Espinoza's native Chile. "Mirageman" showcases the acrobatic actor as a masked vigilante.

"Kiltro" has its stateside premiere this week at Austin's Fantastic Film Festival. Both features are slated for release in 2008.

Better known abroad than in the U.S., Zaror won the 2004 Stuntman of the Year Award for his work as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's stunt double in "The Rundown."

"At 6'2", 210 pounds, it's magic to watch him move with such speed, power and style," producer Derek Rundell said.

The deal was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia senior vp Tom Quinn and head of business affairs Jason Janego with Rundell and his rep Houston King.