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'Machine Gun Preacher' Gets Release Date

The real life-based drama, which stars Gerard Butler, will be in limited release September 23.

Relativity Media has completed its deal to take over North American distribution of Machine Gun Preacher from Lionsgate and plans a limited theatrical release September 23 in New York and L.A. before a larger rollout.

Marc Forster directed and produced and Gerard Butler stars in the biopic of Sam Childers, a drug-dealing biker who found God and became an activist on behalf of child soldiers in Sudan. Jason Keller wrote the screenplay.

Relativity is hyping both Forster's direction and Butler's performance in a way that positions the new fall release as a potential awards contender.

Relativity’s Robbie Brenner, Safady Entertainment’s Gary Safady and Craig Chapman, and GG Filmz’s Deborah Giarratana produced.

Lionsgate will still release the action movie internationally,