Magnolia loads up Six Shooter with genre pics


Magnolia Pictures is launching the Six Shooter Film Series, a theatrical release program featuring half a dozen features from its genre arm, Magnet Releasing.

Magnet also unveiled its latest pickup, Hitoshi Matsumoto's Japanese superhero mockumentary "Big Man Japan," which will close the program.

The series is a rebranded package of Magnet titles, similar to one presented by Magnolia head Eamonn Bowles' former company the Shooting Gallery. While all films will be offered for open-ended engagements, most will run a minimum of one week theatrically and will only be extended by exhibitors based on their boxoffice performance.

Tomas Alfredson's Swedish vampire film "Let the Right One In," which won best narrative feature at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, opens the series Oct. 24 in New York and Los Angeles and enters a platform release a week later.

It's followed by Hal Halberman and Jeremy Passmore's action comedy "Special" on Nov. 21 (after a Nov. 7 sneak preview on Magnolia sister company HDNet's Ultra VOD Channel), Nacho Vigalondo's Spanish sci-fi film "Timecrimes" in December, Franck Vestiel's French thriller "Eden Log," Oliver Blackburn's 2008 Sundance premiere "Donkey Punch" in February and "Japan" in March.

A Magnolia spokesperson said a new series could be created based on the success of this one. (partialdiff)