The Anders Walter-helmed adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel I Kill Giants has been acquired by RLJE Films. The film, starring Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, and Madison Wolf, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released theatrically in 2018.
RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment, acquired U.S. rights to I Kill Giants based on the Man of Action graphic novel by Ken Niimura and Joe Kelly. Kelly also penned the screenplay. XYZ Films is handling worldwide rights on the film, which was backed by Ingenious and financed by Umedia with the participation of Having Me Films.
“We’re thrilled to acquire an amazing film that was so well received at the Toronto International Film Festival,” said RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, Mark Ward. “With the film’s talented, veteran filmmakers and an amazing cast led by Madison Wolfe and Zoe Saldana, we couldn’t be happier to share this beautiful film with audiences at large.”
I Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson (Wolfe), a teenage girl who chooses to escape the realities of school and a drab family life by retreating into her magical world of Titans and Giants. With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school therapist (Saldana), Barbara will learn to battle her Giants and face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, her sister (Poots) and her difficult home life and eventually her biggest dread of the unknown.
I Kill Giants was produced by Kelly, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Kyle Frank, Kim Magnusson, Martin Metz, Adrian Politowski, and Nick Spicer. Peter Bevan, Johanna Hogan, Michelle Miller, Susan Mullan, Justin Nappi, Mark Radcliffe, Xinyue Sun and Wei Zou executive produced the fantasy drama.
Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.