EXCLUSIVE: The Kill Hole, starring Sons Of Anarchy‘s Tory Kittles as an ex-Marine with a vendetta and 42‘s Chadwick Boseman as the Iraq veteran tasked with bringing him down, will open theatrically in New York on March 15 via RBC Films. A DVD release will follow April 9. The indie action-thriller from first-time director Mischa Webley aims to take advantage of Boseman’s mainstream debut as Jackie Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 42, which Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are releasing April 12. But the pic’s PR push seems to also capitalize on the pic’s apparent parallels to ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, whose vendetta against the LA Police Department led to the murders of four people, a manhunt, and culminated this week in a nationally televised gunfight standoff in the Southern California mountains.
Kill Hole involves a black ex-military sniper who targets associates of a military contracting organization and hides out in the wilderness. In the trailer (see it below), Kittles is seen firing a gun in public and wielding a rifle, clad in camo, in heavily wooded terrain. A rep for the film claims theatrical dates were already being finalized for their veteran-on-a-rampage pic when Dorner allegedly commenced the headline-grabbing events that left four dead and initiated one of the largest and most publicized manhunts in recent history. After opening in limited release in New York, Kill Hole will expand to Portland, Los Angeles, and possible additional markets.
The RBC Film Group and Alternate Ending Studios co-production was written and directed by cab driver-turned-filmmaker Webley, who tapped non-actor war veterans to fill out the cast. Billy Zane and Peter Green also star in the pic, which screens at the 2013 Pan African Film Festival this week in Los Angeles. Zach Hagen and Jason Krawczyk produced for Alternate Ending Studios and Brian Shafton, Ben Grossi and Mike Regen executive produced for RBC Film Group. Robert Lieberman of Fischbach, Perlstein, Lieberman & Almond and Evan Krauss of Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP struck the deal for RBC and Alternate Ending, respectively, with sales rep Brandon Baker of Baker Productions & Representation.
Boseman previously starred on ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights and NBC’s Persons Unknown and is repped by Management 360, PMK*BNC, and Greene & Associates. Meanwhile, Kittles will have a busy month: He follows Kill Hole with The Weinstein Co.’s The Sapphires and FilmDistrict’s Olympus Has Fallen, both out March 22. He is repped by APA.
Here’s the trailer: