John Brancato and Michael Ferris adapted the screenplay to The Hunter’s Prayer from Kevin Wignall’s novel For The Dogs, about a hitman who forms a bond with a target and sets out to find her family’s killers.
Wme Global and CAA co-represented Us rights and Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.
Navid McIlhargey produced with Anthony Rhulen, Chris Milburn, John Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, Sam Worthington, Tove Christensen, Michael Wexler, Juan Garcia Peredo, Jimmy Costas, Paul Rock and Paul Leyden.
Executive Producers include Gavin Poolman, Duncan Reid, Hugo Heppell, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden, IIdiko Kemeny, David Minkowski and Jack L. Murray.
Earlier in the week Saban announced it had picked up North American rights to Sean Penn’s The Last Face.
“Prayer” is directed by Jonathan Mostow from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, based on Kevin Wignall’s novel “For the Dogs.” Saban announced the deal on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Worthington portrays a solitary assassin, hired to kill a young woman (played by Rush), who is unaware that her family’s questionable business dealings have cost them their lives. But when he can’t bring himself to pull the trigger, the two form a bond and escape across Europe together, hunted by those responsible for her family’s murder.
“The Hunter’s Prayer is a global adventure, with the talented Sam alongside one of the hottest up-and-comers Odeya,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “The film is action packed
Vandal Entertainment Founder Navid McIlhargey is producing alongside Film House Germany and Summerstorm Entertainment CEO Gabriela Bacher. Highland Film Group will introduce the film to foreign buyers at Cannes.
David Matalon and Matthew Altman wrote the script, which follows a mysterious young man who returns to his rural home town in the Midwest for his brother’s funeral — and goes head-to-head with the local crime lord who traps him and his friends in an abandoned farming complex.
Lutz is represented by Ryan Daly at Zero Gravity Management and Wme. Miller is repped by UTA and Aperture Entertainment.
Steven C Miller will direct The Feud, which is set to commence production this summer.
Vandal Entertainment Founder Navid McIlhargey is producing alongside Film House Germany and its subsidiary Summerstorm Entertainment CEO Gabriela Bacher.
David Matalon and Matthew Altman wrote the screenplay about a mysterious young man who returns to his brother’s funeral in the Midwest homestead and discovers spectacular skills when he goes up against the local crime lord.
Film House Germany’s film slate includes Big Game starring Samuel L Jackson, Atom Egoyan’s Remember starring Christopher Plummer and Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein with Xavier Samuel.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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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Oren Moverman (Rampart) wrote the most recent draft of the script, an adaptation of Kevin Wignall's novel, which follows a hitman (Sam Worthington) who helps a young woman (Hailee Steinfeld) get revenge on those responsible for the murder or her parents and younger brother. Paul Leyden (The Factory) wrote the original screenplay adaptation.
Sam Worthington, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz are producing through their Full Clip Productions company, alongside Anthony Rhulen, Navid McIlhargey, Paul Leyden and Gregory Browne. Production is scheduled to take place this fall.
Jonathan Mostow is best known for directing Surrogates, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and U-571.
For the Dogs comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld. The film is directed by Jonathan Mostow.
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