EXCLUSIVE: Relativity and the Bandito Brothers scored a #1 domestic opening when they brought Act Of Valor about U.S. Navy SEALS to the big screen in February 2012 and grossed over $70M all in. Now the pair are re-teaming on another R-rated gritty actioner – this time about elite SWAT officers in the upcoming sequel. Relativity has acquired the worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute Act of Valor 2. I’ve learned Scott Wiper (The Condemned, A Better Way To Die) is attached to write and direct and the Bandito Brothers will produce again. A year ago, Relativity Television announced it would produce a scripted drama series based on the original film in collaboration with the Bandito Brothers but it’s still in development. The first film was based on an original script by Kurt Johnstad (300) and directed by Bandito Brothers partners Mike ‘Mouse’ McCoy and Scott Waugh. It featured a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs alongside actors Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nester Serrano, in a fictionalized account of a real-life operation. The Bandito Brothers consist of 8 partners who hatch, produce and independently finance content ranging from features to documentaries and commercials and programming for TV and digital. On Act Of Valor, they raised the $12M budget and flew under the radar until they were ready to take the finished film to the marketplace and see the high upside. Relativity Media won a bidding battle and paid $13M for distribution and a $30M P&A commitment of that first film – the biggest money paid for a finished film with an unknown cast at that time. Ryan Kavanaugh et al even took out 4 Super Bowl game day ads.. (FYI, a novelization of that script, “Tom Clancy Presents Act of Valor”, was written by Dick Couch and George Galdorsi and released in paperback by Clancy’s publisher.)
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