24 Hours To Live, which stars Ethan Hawke and will mark the feature directing debut of second-unit director Brian Smrz, has scored some big sales for Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity. The film, which is being produced by Chinese distributor and financier Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures, has sold to France (SND), Italy (Eagle Films), Germany (Square One), Spain (Key2Media), Latin America (Gussi Films), Canada (VVS Films), Benelux (The Searchers), Middle East, India, Turkey and Greece (Italia Film), S. Korea (Woo Sung), Japan (Klockworx), Indonesia (Cinemaxx), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Vietnam (Noori Pictures) and Cinesky in an airlines deal.
24 Hours To Live follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily, just after being killed on the job as he has 24 hours to team up with the female superspy who killed him, exact revenge against the powerful crime syndicate responsible for the murder of his wife and child and find redemption for his sins.
Fundamental Films is financing the project, which will be written by Zach Dean based on an original script from Ron Mita & Jim McClain. Principal photography is slated to begin this June in South Africa.
Smrz is highly regarded for his work on the likes of X-Men: Apocalypse, Iron Man 3, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Live Free Or Die Hard. Hawke next will be seen in the Fundamental-EuropaCorp co-production Valerian, MGM’s The Magnificent Seven and Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue. IFC Films is releasing the latter film in March.
Fundamental and Thunder Road also are working together on Scott Waugh’s Outlaws Inc.
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