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China’s Hishow swoops on 'Hunter Killer', 'Escobar'

12 February 2017 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The deal is understood to be in the region of $10m, making it one of the biggest deals of the Efm.

In one of the biggest deals of this year’s Efm, China’s Hishow Entertainment has sealed a co-production and co-financing pact with Nu Image/Millennium Films for both Hunter Killer and Escobar.

The deal, understood to be in the region of $10m, sees Hishow take all Chinese rights to the two titles.

Previous Nu Image/Millennium Films titles such as The Mechanic, The Expendables franchise and London Has Fallen have all been decent hits at the China box office. The second and third installments in the Expendables series were co-financed by China’s Le Vision Pictures.

Directed by Donovan Marsh from a screenplay by Peter Craig, Hunter Killer stars Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman in the story of an American submarine captain who teams with Us Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president.

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China’s Hishow Snares ‘Hunter Killer,’ ‘Escobar’ from Nu Image/Millennium

12 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China’s Hishow Entertainment has boarded a pair of upcoming movies from Nu Image/Millennium Films: “Hunter Killer” and “Escobar.” The deal is one of the biggest completed so far at the European Film Market, alongside the Berlin Film Festival, and also one of the biggest by a Chinese indie in recent months.

The Chinese distributor-investor has paid more than $10 million to buy into the two films. In both cases it is co-financing the movies and acquiring distribution rights for China. Nu Image/Millennium produces the “Expendables” series, which also has Chinese co-producers.

Directed by Donovan Marsh, “Hunter Killer” features Gerard Butler as an untested American captain who teams with Navy Seals for a mission to rescue the Russian president. Butler has significant name-recognition in China after the success there of “London Has Fallen.” Gary Oldman and Billy Bob Thornton also star in the action thriller, which was previously »

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