Anchor Bay Films and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have set a joint distribution deal for actioner In The Blood, starring Gina Carano (Haywire). The ex-MMAer stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a particular set of skills whose new husband (Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, prompting her to set out to take down her abductors one by one. John Stockwell (Blue Crush, Into the Blue) directs the pic written by Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston and produced by Raymond Mansfield and Shaun Redick of Movie Package Co. alongside Cash Warren. Lee Portnoi, David R. Arnold, Nicola Horlick, Andrew Mann, Glenn M. Stewart, Stefan Sonnenfeld, Luillo Ruiz, James Gobb, and Belly Torres exec produced. Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordoba, Treat Williams, Stephen Lang, and Danny Trejo co-star. Pic will debut day and date in theaters, On Demand, and on iTunes April 4.
Freestyle Releasing has acquired The Hornet’s Nest, featuring Emmy-winning ABC News correspondents Mike and Carlos Boettcher, the father-son journalist team that nabbed Emmys for their coverage while embedded in Afghanistan. The battle documentary, directed by David Salzberg and Christian Turead, tells the Boettchers’ story from the frontlines alongside U.S. soldiers and Marines during Operation Strong Eagle III. Freestyle has set a platform limited release for May 9 before the pic goes wide May 23. The Hornet’s Nest isproduced by Salzberg … Read More »
Stephen Espinoza, most recently a partner at entertainment law firm Ziffren Brittenham, has been tapped as EVP and General Manager of Showtime Sports and Event Programming, the network announced today. He will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the group and its pay-per-view unit; managing relationships with distributors, talent and suppliers; and the acquisition and licensing of programming. The move is the final one in a game of musical chairs that began when longtime HBO Sports chief Ross Greenburg left after 33 years at the premium channel. He was replaced last month by Showtime’s sports head, Ken Hershman, leaving the vacancy at Showtime that Espinoza has now filled. (Greenburg landed last week at a producer at NBC Sports Group.) While at Ziffren Brittenham, Espinoza repped numerous A-list film and TV clients, He also handled boxers Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya and was lead counsel for De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, which makes him a perfect fit for Showtime’s boxing-heavy sports programming that also includes Strikeforce mixed martial arts and Inside The NFL. He also repped Gina Carano, the MMA standout that is now starring in Steven Soderbergh’s fight drama Haywire.
Relativity Media trotted out its slate of films for the Comic-Con crowd, including images of its untitled Snow White film as well as Immortals, The Raven and Shark Night 3D. Relativity also introduced a trailer for Haywire, the Steven Soderbergh-directed action film that will try to make an action hero out of mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano. Here’s a look:
BREAKING: Relativity Media will distribute Haywire, the Steven Soderbergh-directed action film that will get a Jan. 20, 2012 release date. Though Relativity Media financed the pic, it was originally going to be released domestically by Lionsgate. I’m told it was a better fit for Relativity. The film will be released overseas by Lionsgate. It becomes the second film in two days to move from Lionsgate to Relativity Media. The other was Machine Gun Preacher, and that one moved because director Marc Forster wanted it released this year and Lionsgate was unable to accommodate it because of a busy fall schedule.
Haywire stars mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton, Antonio Banderas and Michael Angarano.