Exclusive: Open Road Films Acquires U.S. Rights To Gerard Butler Action Thriller Kandahar With flashy 8-figure deals (early teens, we understand).
Featuring G-BASE, Thunder Road, Capstone Studios, and MBC Studios, Butler reunites with director Rick Roman Waugh (angel fell, Greenland) tells the story of Tom Harris (Butler), an undercover CIA operative stranded deep in Afghanistan’s hostile territory. After his mission is exposed, he must fight alongside an Afghan translator to an extraction point in Kandahar while avoiding elite enemy forces and foreign spies tasked with hunting them down. .
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Also starring Navid Negahbanmotherland), Ali Fazal (Victoria & Abdul), Travis Fimmel (vikings), Bollywood star Ernurz Norouji (sacred game).
The screenplay is by Mitchell Lafortune and is based on his own experience as a military intelligence officer during the Snowden breach. The film is one of his first major US productions to be shot in the AlUla region of Saudi Arabia. Pic is currently being prepped for a 2023 domestic theatrical release.
CAA and Capstone Global negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Matthew Sidari negotiated and signed the deal on behalf of Open Road Films.
Written by Mitchell Lafortune and Waugh, the film features Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Brendon Boyer, G-BASE’s Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel, Capstone’s Christian Mercury and MBC Studio’s Ali. – Produced by Jaffer and Scott Rustiti. Executive producers are James Masiero, Matthew Sidari, Tom Ortenberg, David Herring, Ruthanna Kegeyan, Andrea Dimiti, Jonathan Furman, Peter Smith and Sam Burnett.
The project was funded by Mercuri’s Capstone Studios, which also handles international sales of the film, along with MBC Studios, the production and distribution arm of Middle Eastern studio MBC Group.
“Kandahar It’s an adrenaline ride made for the big screen. Jerry, Rick, the G-BASE team and Thunder Road were able to outdo themselves in this heart-pounding action game that our team is looking forward to bringing to audiences around the world.
Director Rick Roman Waugh said:
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