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Relativity to Distribute Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

The film, starring Gerard Butler and Michele Monaghan, is a biopic of Sam Childers.

Mark Forster
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Mark Forster

Relativity Media is negotiating to take over U.S. distribution of the Marc Forster-directed Machine Gun Preacher from Lionsgate. The film will be released in the fall, though no date has yet been chosen.

The film, starring Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan, is a 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 for the $30 million, independently financed production.

Sources say Lionsgate's packed fall release schedule, and Relativity's relatively spare one, led the companies to the arrangement. Lionsgate, which will still release the action movie internationally, has Warrior and Abduction hitting theaters in September and the Jason Statham actioner Safe opening in October. Relativity has two open months between Shark Night 3D in early September and Immortals in November.

Relativity needs product for its distribution pipeline and has been aggressively pursuing projects.