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Sierra/Affinity draws heat on The Hunter's Prayer

8 November 2014 3:17 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.

Principal photography is set to begin this week in Yorkshire on the story of a hitman who goes on the run across Europe with the woman he was hired to kill. Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Verónica Echegui also star.

Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris adapted the screenplay from Kevin Wignall’s novel The Dogs.

Deals have closed in Germany (Square One), Latin America (Sun), South Korea (Focus And Company), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Hong Kong and Taiwan (Sound Space), Switzerland (Ascot Elite) and former Yugoslavia (Blitz).

Sierra / Affinity licensed rights in Bulgaria (Tandem), Greece, India, Middle East and Turkey (Italia), Iceland (Myndform), Israel (United King), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Thailand (Mongkol), Malaysia and Vietnam (Roarlion) and Asia pay-tv (Star).

Financiers are Ingenious Senior Film Fund, Ingenious Project »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Afm: Buyers Hear Mostow’s ‘Prayer’ With Sam Worthington

8 November 2014 12:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jonathan Mostow’s European-set action film “The Hunter’s Prayer,” starring Sam Worthington, has been heard by buyers in more than 20 territories.

The picture started shooting in Yorkshire, England, and Hungary this week with Worthington (“Avatar”) and Odeya Rush (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”) in the lead roles, respectively, as an assassin and his intended target. But the assassin finds he can’t carry out the kill. The two then find out they are both being targeted for death and are hunted down across Europe. Other recent cast additions include Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Veronica Echegui.

Handled by Sierra/Affinity, the picture has been sold to distributors in Asia (Star), Bulgaria (Tandem), the former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Germany (Square One), Greece/India/Middle East/Turkey (Italia), Hong Kong and Taiwan (Sound Space), Iceland (Myndform), Israel (United King), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Latin America (Sun Distribution), Malaysia and Vietnam (Roarlion), South »

- Patrick Frater

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Casting Net: Ariana Grande joins 'Underdogs,' Lizzy Caplan in talks for 'Now You See Me 2'

14 October 2014 6:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Ariana Grande, Katie Homes, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles) have signed on to voice The Weinstein Company's Underdogs, EW has confirmed. The film, from Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella, is being re-voiced in English by TWC with a script that has been reworked for domestic audiences. The story follows football player Jake (Morrison) and his love interest, Laura (Grande). With Laura's support, Jake beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. »

- C. Molly Smith

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'Hunter's Prayer' Casts 'The Giver' Star Odeya Rush

13 October 2014 6:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Giver star Odeya Rush has signed on to star in the action-thriller Hunter's Prayer, which was formerly known as For the Dogs.

The actress is playing Ella, a young woman who is aided by a contract killer named Lucas (Sam Worthington) on her quest for justice, where she encounters a number of thugs and other assassins. Hailee Steinfeld and Emma Roberts were previously attached to play Ella before Odeya Rush won the starring role.

Jonathan Mostow (Surrogates) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Oren Moverman, Paul Leyden, John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris, based on the book by Kevin Wignall. Navid McIlhargey and Anthony Rhulen are producing for Film Engine, alongside Mid Summer Films' Christopher Milburn for Midsummer Films, and Full Clip's Sam Worthington, Paul Leyden, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz. No production schedule was given at this time.

Odeya Rush will next be seen in Sony's Goosebumps. »

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Odeya Rush Heads To ‘Hunter’s Prayer’

13 October 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: The Giver’s Odeya Rush has been cast in action-thriller Hunter’s Prayer as Ella, a young girl who teams up with the assassin hired to wipe out her family to find the person responsible. Jonathan Mostow is helming the U.S.-UK co-production formerly known as For The Dogs, which has Sam Worthington in place to play Lucas, the contract killer who helps Ella navigate the tangled web of hitmen and thugs on her quest for justice. Filming is gearing up to start next month in the UK.

Hailee Steinfeld and Emma Roberts previously were attached before Rush landed the role after starring in this summer’s The Giver opposite Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Rush’s credits also include The Odd Life Of Timothy Green and horror remake We Are What We Are. In next year’s Sony summer pic Goosebumps she’ll play the daughter of »

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Sam Worthington's "Dogs" Becomes A "Prayer"

22 July 2014 5:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Jonathan Mostow-directed, Sam Worthington-led thriller "For The Dogs" has undergone a title change to "Hunter’s Prayer" and scored a financial commitment from Screen Yorkshire.

Based on Kevin Wignall's novel, Worthington plays a solitary assassin who is hired to kill a young girl but can’t bring himself to do it. After he fails to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe.

Their only hope is to find out why her family were killed and bring those responsible to justice. Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld were both previously linked to the project but are no longer in the frame, so casting continues for the female lead.

Worthington, Navid McIlhargey, Anthony Rhulen, Chris Milburn, Paul Leyden, and John and Michael Schwarz will produce. Filming begins in the UK and Hungary next year.

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Sam Worthington Starrer ‘Hunter’s Prayer’ Nabs Coin from Screen Yorkshire

22 July 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hitman thriller “Hunter’s Prayer,” which stars “Avatar” thesp Sam Worthington, has received an investment from U.K. regional film and TV org Screen Yorkshire.

Screen Yorkshire wouldn’t reveal the amount that it has invested, but said it was its biggest investment to date. From this year it has been able to invest in excess of £1 million ($1.7 million) per project.

The $25 million pic, which was previously known as “For the Dogs” and will be helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), will shoot in Northern England and Hungary from this autumn.

The fast-paced action pic focuses on Lucas (Worthington), an assassin hired to kill a young girl. When he can’t bring himself to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe. Their only hope is to find out why her family were wiped out, and bring those responsible to justice. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Screen Yorkshire backs $25m action film

22 July 2014 3:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first Us production for fund.

Screen Yorkshire has made its biggest production investment to date on $25m Us-uk co-production Hunter’s Prayer (previously known as For The Dogs).

Avatar and Clash of the Titans star Sam Worthington will star as an assassin in director Jonathan Mostow’s (Terminator 3) thriller, which is due to shoot in the UK and Hungary in 2015.

The film is the first Us production to get backing from Screen Yorkshire, which would not reveal the amount invested but confirmed it to be above £1m.

Casting is currently underway on the female lead. Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld were both previously linked to the project but are no longer in the frame.

Based on the novel For The Dogs by Kevin Wignall, the script has been adapted for the screen by Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Emma Roberts To Star With Sam Worthington In Action-Thriller ‘For The Dogs’

29 January 2014 8:50 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Emma Roberts has replaced Hailee Steinfeld as the female lead opposite Sam Worthington in the Jonathan Mostow-directed action thriller For The Dogs. The film is an adaptation of the Kevin Wignall novel. Paul Leyden originally adapted, and the most recent draft is by Oren MovermanFilmEngine Entertainment’s Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce with Worthington, John Schwarz, and Michael Schwarz via their Full Clip Productions banner, and Leyden. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales for the film and Paradigm will be handling domestic sales in what will be a buzz title in Berlin. A solitary assassin (Worthington) agrees to help a young woman (Roberts) exact revenge on those who mercilessly murdered her parents and younger brother. His guidance unleashes events that ultimately stoke her thirst for vengeance while he desperately seeks peace and absolution. Roberts, repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment, is coming off the New »

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