Saban Films announced yesterday that they have acquired U.S. rights to Steven C. Miller’s (Escape Plan 2: Hades, First Kill) Line of Duty.
Line of Duty follows a disgraced cop (Aaron Eckhart) who finds himself in a race against time to find a kidnap victim whose abductor he accidentally killed. Penned by Jeremy Drysdale (Grand Theft Parsons), this action thriller stars Golden Globe nominee Eckhart (London Has Fallen, The Dark Knight), Courtney Eaton (Mad Max: Fury Road), Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers, Saw), Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, the Maze Runner franchise), and Ben McKenzie (Gotham). The film was produced by The Solution Entertainment Group’s Myles Nestel & Craig Chapman, Skip Williamson, Scott LaStaiti, Martin Sprock, Tiffany Stone, Renee Tab, and Christopher Tuffin.
Solution’s Myles Nestel commented, “We are excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Saban as our US distributor on the title. Steven knocked the film out of the park and Aaron gives a tour-de-force performance as Frank Penny.”
Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Myles Nestel & Lisa Wilson (who also executive produced the film) on behalf of The Solution. The Solution represents worldwide rights, with Lisa Wilson selling the remaining international rights at this year’s TIFF.
Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production, and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31. Its upcoming slate includes Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, and Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan.
Line of Duty marks the fourth in-house production over the last two years from leading film distribution, finance and sales company The Solution Entertainment Group. Founded in 2012 by Myles Nestel, Lisa Wilson, and Craig Chapman, The Solution has also produced Wheelman starring Frank Grillo, Killerman starring Liam Hemsworth, and is currently finishing up Honest Thief starring Liam Neeson. This is all in addition to a robust third-party sales slate, which includes Nicholas Jarecki’s Dreamland, currently in post production, and the upcoming Liam Neeson action flick Ice Road.
Steven C. Miller’s Line of Duty, not to be confused with the TV show of the same name, is currently in post-production with no release date. We expect to see it out in the coming year, and we’ll probably hear more about it soon.