EXCLUSIVE: Icon Film Distribution has acquired UK rights to XYZ Films’ action thriller 6 Days which centers on the 1980 siege of the Iranian Embassy in London. This is helmer Toa Fraser’s follow-up to The Dead Lands, which is New Zealand’s Foreign Language Oscar submission for 2014. Production on 6 Days is set to begin in the second quarter of 2015.
The film covers the April 1980 siege and six days of a tense standoff as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service prepared to raid the building where six armed men had taken over two dozen people hostage. The Dead Lands’ Glenn Standring penned the pic that will be produced by Matthew Metcalfe with XYZ Films executive producing and handling world sales. Co-financing is by the Ingenious Senior Film Fund. Auckland based General Film Corporation is also on board to finance.
Fraser’s Maori action-thriller The Dead Lands premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will go out in North America this year courtesy of Magnolia’s Magnet Releasing. It had a qualifying run in New Zealand and just went out wider this weekend, earning $291K from 54 screens for a potential No. 1 slot (final numbers are not yet in for Sony’s Fury which is also in the market). The cume there is $382K.
The Icon deal was negotiated by Nate Bolotin for XYZ, Matthew Metcalfe for General Film Corporation and Ian Dawson for Icon, who says, “The unique combination of an SAS action film grounded in the tension of a huge UK real life event brought to life through a great script should make a truly compelling film. The insight gained by Mathew and Glenn through their work with those involved in the raid will bring many aspects of the events of those 6 Days to wider public attention for the first time.”
XYZ’s other AFM titles include Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers starring Johnny Depp, and the Irish action-thriller Pilgrimage, which will be directed by Brendan Muldowney.