Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to A Willing Patriot, the Liam Neeson-starrer. Pic is financed and produced by MadRiver Pictures, along with Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller. Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg and MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan sealed the deal and CAA packaged and sold the pic.
Neeson plays a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist who’s planning an imminent attack. Pic was shopped at Cannes and is a pre-buy. Martin Zandvliet will direct Keller’s script. Keller produces with Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman amd Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari. A wide release is planned for 2016.
Open Road acquired Bleed For This at Cannes, and yesterday Fifty Shades Of Black.