Worldwide rights to Indonesian action thriller Headshot have been jointly acquired by Nikkatsu, Vertical Entertainment, and XYZ Films. The three companies are partnering on day and date releases on digital and VOD platforms, with theatrical releases planned for selected territories. Still in production in Indonesia, Headshot focuses on an amnesiac (Iko Uwais) who, Bourne Identity-style, washes ashore with a serious and mysterious head injury. Shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor (Chelsea Islan), his past comes back to haunt him. Along with Uwais and Islan, it stars Julie Estelle, and Sunny Pang.
Directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (better known as the Mo Brothers) from a script by Tjahjanto, Headshot is produced by Mike Wiluan, Wicky Olindo, Sukdev Singh and Shinjiro Nishimura. Nikkatsu is handling international sales and negotiated the global pact with Vertical and XYZ. The film is financed by Screenplay Infinite Film, Surya Citra Media (SCM), Amuse Entertainment Singapore, and Nikkatsu Corporation Japan. Indonesian distribution will be handled by Screenplay Infinite Film and partner SCM, with Nikkatsu handling Japan and the rest of Asia. Vertical and XYZ will release Headshot in North America with a simultaneous worldwide VOD release across multiple platforms. Production is expected to wrap in December.
Best known from his starring role in The Raid, and The Raid 2, Uwais is also appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and stars alongside Ronda Rousey and Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s Mile 22.
Remstar Films has snatched up Canadian distribution for The Bleeder, director Philippe Falardeau’s look at the boxer whose story served as inspiration for Rocky starring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Elisabeth Moss. The Bleeder is based on the true story of Chuck Wepner (Schriber), a New Jersey liquor salesman and heavyweight boxer who famously went 15 rounds against Muhammed Ali in 1975, knocking the champ down at one point when he accidentally stepped on Ali’s foot. Mirroring his tough, ten-year career as a boxer, his life outside the ring was harder, full of booze, drugs and women, and later, even brushes with the law.
Remstar’s 2016 lineup of films includes Elvis & Nixon, starring Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon; the Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey starring Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou; Blood Father from director Jean-François Richet and starring Mel Gibson; as well as The Founder (co-distributed with Elevation Pictures) directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s.