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ARC And XLrator Acquire Rock ‘N Roll Comedy ‘Killing Bono’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media have teamed to acquire North American distribution rights to the rock and roll comedy Killing Bono, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. They plan a VOD release in October and a theatrical release a month later.

The film’s directed by Nick Hamm, stars Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter and Martin McCann and features the last performance by the late actor Pete Postlethwaite. Written by The Commitments scribes Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and Simon Maxwell, the film tells the story of young Irish rock musician Neil McCormick and his brother Ivan. They try to become rock stars in Dublin but are upstaged by four of their friends when they form the band U2 and become the biggest rock stars in the world. Pic’s an adaptation of Neil McCormick’s memoir Killing Bono: I Am Bono’s Doppelganger. ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater and XLrator Media head Barry Gordon have now teamed on their fifth film acquisition. They also acquired Ironclad, John Carpenter’s The Ward, the martial arts film Bunraku and Knuckle, the documentary about rival bare knuckle boxers in Ireland that premiered at Sundance. WME Global’s Alexis Garcia and Samantha Horley from SALT Company International brokered the deal. The pic’s produced by Hamm, Ian Flooks, Mark Huffam, Piers Tempest and is co-produced by Isibeal Ballance.

“One of the freshest and funniest rock & roll movies in a long time, Killing Bono is going to thrill not … Read More »

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ARC Entertainment Acquires Josh Hartnett 2010 Toronto Action Film ‘Bunraku’

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: I originally posted a trailer for this movie that I found on Youtube, and the Deadline commenters have spent the day beating it like it owed them money. The producers have appealed to my sense of fair play because, they said, the trailer was an early sales tool that doesn’t reflect the quality of the finished film. So I’ve pulled the trailer.

EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment is teaming with Barry Gordon’s XLrator Media to acquire U.S. distribution rights to Bunraku, the Guy Moshe-directed martial arts action film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd, Jordi Molla, Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata.

Hartnett plays a mysterious drifter who arrives in town the same time as a young Japanese warrior (Gackt). The town has been poisoned by criminal elements, and each man moves along toward separate missions, advised by the bartender (Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon. Eventually the two strangers team to take on the town kingpin (Perlman) and his femme fatale companion (Moore). The film’s produced by Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Wu, along with Picturesque Films’ Nava Levin, and Ram Bergman. Production designer Alex McDowell co-produced. Calder and Wu are producers on the Morgan Spurlock documentary POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. “Bunraku’s visually dazzling world melds Samurai films, spaghetti westerns, … Read More »

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Berlin: ARC Entertainment Acquires Medieval Actioner ‘Ironclad’

Mike Fleming

ARC Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the ContentFilm International medieval action thriller Ironclad. ARC made the deal in collaboration with Barry Gordon’s XLrator Media, and will release the film theatrically in June. Directed by Jonathan English, the film is the true story of a motley crew of battle-hardened warriors who go to war to defend their country’s freedom.

Rome‘s James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti and Jason Flemyng star with Jamie Foreman, Aneurin Barnar, Mackenzie Crook, Vladimir Kulich and Charles Dance. English wrote the script with Erick Kastel and Stephen McDool, and Mythic International Entertainment’s Rick Benattar, Andrew Curtis and English produced it.

“The partnership between ARC Entertainment and XLator is the perfect team to distribute Ironclad,” said ContentFilm’s Jamie Carmichael. ContentFilm most recently generated the Ian Palmer-directed documentary Knuckle that premiered at Sundance. The film, about a longstanding dispute between two clans in Ireland that gets periodically settled through bare knuckle brawls, came away with a remake rights deal CAA made at HBO for a potential series from the Eastbound & Down team of Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green of Rough House Pictures.

Here’s a trailer for Ironclad:

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