Toronto: Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody's 'American Heist' Sells to Saban Films

Toronto International Film Festival
"American Heist"

Haim Saban's new company will release the movie in the U.S.

Continuing its buying streak at the Toronto Film Festival, Haim Saban's Saban Films has closed a $2 million deal for U.S. rights to Sarik Andreasyan's action thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody.

The movie — also starring Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune "Akon" Thiam — made its world premiere in Toronto on Thursday. American Heist stars Christensen and Brody as two brothers caught up in a high-stakes bank robbery.

Earlier this week, Saban Films scooped up rights to another multi-generational heist movie, The Forger, starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.

“We were eager to see American Heist coming into Toronto and the film lived up to our expectations. It’s just the type of commercial talent-driven film we are looking for at Saban,” said Saban Films president Bill Bromiley.

Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films, while Paradigm's Ben Weiss represented the producers. Voltage is handling international sales.

The Toronto-based Glacier Films produced the movie in association with Maple Leaf Capital, Primeridian Entertainment and NGN Productions. 

Saban Films, the new venture backed by Saban, is looking to buy prestige titles and star-driven vehicles. In Cannes, the company picked up Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman, which also played at the Telluride Film Festival, sparking awards buzz.

Saban Films' slate also includes Temple Hill Entertainment's Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos. That acquisition was announced during Toronto.

Sept. 12, 8:45 a.m. Updated with deal price.