‘You’ Star Elizabeth Lail to Lead STXfilms’ Horror Movie ‘Countdown’

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“You” star Elizabeth Lail has been cast to star in STXfilm’s upcoming horror film “Countdown.”

The film centers around a young nurse who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die — then it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and a mysterious figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.

“Elizabeth Lail is an exciting young actress whose breakout performance in the wildly popular psychological thriller ‘You’ was a breath of fresh air,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement. “‘Countdown’ is a wholly original, scary and fun script and we’re thrilled to have found the perfect lead to bring this story to life for audiences around the world.”

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The film was written, and will be directed by Justin Dec.

Sean Anders, John Morris, (“Daddy’s Home” and “Instant Family”), John Rickard (“Rampage” and “Final Destination 5”) and Zack Schiller (“Escape Plan” franchise) will produced “Countdown,” with STXfilms’ Drew Simon and Catherine Hagedorn overseeing the production on behalf of the studio.

STXinternational is handling international distribution and distributing directly in the U.K. and Ireland.

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Coming off of the box office hit “The Upside,” starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, STXfilms will next release “Best of Enemies” starring Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson and Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell on April 5.

In addition to “You,” Lail guest-starred on “The Blacklist” and played Princess Anna from “Frozen” on “Once Upon a Time.” She is represented by ICM Partners and Authentic.

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Gerard Butler Disaster Thriller ‘Greenland’ Acquired by STXFilms

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STXfilms has acquired the domestic rights to distribute “Greenland,” starring Gerard Butler, it announced Thursday.

“Greenland” is a disaster thriller that follows a family struggling for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. The film will be directed by former stuntman Ric Roman Waugh, who wrote and directed Dwayne Johnson’s 2013 crime thriller “Snitch.”

Chris Sparling (“Buried”) penned the script for “Greenland,” with current revisions by Mitchell LaFortune. Principal photography on the film is set to begin in May.

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“Greenland” is produced by Thunder Road Films’ Basil Iwanyk (“Sicario,” “John Wick”), who also developed the project, with Butler and Alan Siegel via their G-BASE production company.  Anton is fully financing and producing. CAA Media Finance arranged the film’s financing and represented the project’s domestic rights alongside Anton.

STXinternational’s John Friedberg previously acquired the international rights to the film. STXinternational will handle international distribution of the film through its output partnerships and will directly distribute the film in the U.K.

Butler will next be seen in “Angel Has Fallen,” which is the final installment in the Fallen trilogy that includes “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen.” He produced both films, as well as the 2019 Sundance Film Festival title “Them That Follow,” starring Olivia Colman and Kaitlyn Dever.

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Roman Waugh recently produced, wrote and directed the drama “Shot Caller” and he will direct Butler in “Angel Has Fallen.”

Butler is repped by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment. Waugh is repped by WME and Tara Kole at Gang Tyre. Sparling is repped by UTA and Kaplan Perrone. Mitchell is repped by Verve and Kaplan Perrone.

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STX Entertainment Promotes John Friedberg to Head International Division

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STX Entertainment announced on Monday that it has promoted John Friedberg to lead the international division for STXfilms.

Friedberg previously served as the president of international sales of STXfilms since 2015. In his new role, Friedberg will now oversee the international film strategy for the company, including leading STX’s worldwide acquisitions efforts, building on producer and filmmaker relationships to increase the volume of acquired films, as well as running the direct theatrical distribution business in the UK and Ireland.

Friedberg will also maintain oversight over the company’s international sales operations including its extensive network of international output arrangements.

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“I am tremendously excited to continue my long-standing relationship with Bob Simonds, Adam Fogelson, Tom McGrath and the STX team in my new role leading the international division of STXfilms,” Friedberg said in a statement. “I’m also excited to expand my mandate in leading the UK distribution business here in London, where we have an incredible team of executives, and a slate of exciting, commercial films. I have immense respect for David Kosse and wish him the best in his next endeavor.”

Friedberg will report to STX chief operating officer Thomas McGrath and will be based out of the company’s London office, which will continue to serve as headquarters for international sales and marketing, as well as the UK theatrical distribution business. David Kosse, who was recruited to launch STX’s international film division in 2016, is leaving for another opportunity.

Friedberg’s predecessor David Kosse recently left the company to lead the new international division at Netflix.

The shuffle comes as STX tries to extend its growth internationally following a lapsed IPO in Hong Kong last year.

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“The international business has never enjoyed a more dynamic period with the dramatic growth of the Chinese and Asian markets, the tremendous expansion of the Gulf Region and the opening of Saudi Arabia,” STX chairman and CEO Robert Simonds said in a statement. “John is an incredibly adept executive and we will rely on his demonstrated international expertise to build on our promise to develop, market and distribute star-driven content on a global scale.”

The company said it will have additional announcements concerning its international expansion in the coming weeks.

Friedberg was among STX’s first hires in 2015 and was responsible for helping to build the company’s extensive network of international distribution partners in more than 150 territories worldwide. During his tenure at STX, he lead the international acquisition and distribution of titles including “All the Money in the World,” “Den of Thieves,” “Peppermint,” as well as upcoming titles “Greenland,” “Horizon Line,” “The Marsh King’s Daughter” and “The Friend,” among others.

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Prior to joining STX, Friedberg spent a decade leading sales and distribution for QED International, where he developed financing and global distribution strategies for films such as David Ayer’s Fury, Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” and the Robert De Niro-Zac Efron comedy “Dirty Grandpa,” among others.

“John has tremendous knowledge of the international market and an incredible eye for globally commercial content, and we are delighted to have him lead STX’s international film division, which he and David have grown into a full-service international distribution company,” McGrath said in a statement. “The international business has become increasingly critical in the film landscape ever since I was chairman of UIP while at Paramount. Today, the international environment is even more complex with the rise of different streaming services and various OTT platforms, and in John, we have a seasoned executive who is extremely well suited to navigate these opportunities for STX.”

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T.J. Fixman Sets ‘Rogue’ At STX & Tencent; Phantom Four’s David S. Goyer & Keith Levine Producing

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Hollywood Heads to Sundance: 5 Things to Expect, From a Hot Doc Market to Post-Harvey Vetting

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It’s that time of year again, folks — we’re going to Sundance! Buyers, sellers, filmmakers and film fanatics are heading to Park City, Utah, this week to get a head start on 2019’s hottest independent films.

Like every year since Netflix became public enemy No. 1, the main question is what role the streaming services will have at this year’s festival. How active will the streaming giant be? Who will buy what? How much money will be spent? And after last year’s slow sales market, will we see a healthier landscape overall?

After the big year documentaries had in 2018, many sales agents and buyers predict that docs are here to stay. After all, this year’s festival will feature the Harvey Weinstein doc “Untouchable,” a Michael Jackson exposé “Leaving Neverland,” “Love, Antosha” and many more.

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Here are five things to look out for before the 2019 festival begins.

1. Sales Market Will Bounce Back

Sundance acquisitions were muted during last year’s festival, but many sales agents foresee a healthy market for the 2019 festival. After all, before Sundance has even started, seven titles have sold, including “The Nightingale” to IFC Films and “The Souvenir” to A24.

“Overall, it feels like a healthy marketplace this year — the sky is always falling in Sundance land,” one film executive said. “There is a large range of buyers and variety of movies at Sundance, so there is going to be some action.”

“It’s going to be a busy market festival for us, but it’s looking good,” Amy Beecroft, head of Verve Ventures, told TheWrap.

“This year there is a good balance of both high-end titles for sale and films that already have distribution,” Christine D’Souza Gelb, partner at Endeavor Content, said. “One of the most exciting parts of the festival is the buzz that builds around Sundance filmmakers who buyers identify early in the process.”

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While agents and sellers are ready to put down their checkbooks for movies they love, don’t expect big-money sales or late-night bidding wars. Last year, Neon and AGBO production company bought “Assassination Nation” for a whopping $10 million — then saw it sputter at the box office with just $2 million domestically. In 2017, Amazon bought “The Big Sick” for $12 million — and grew it into a $42.9 million art-house hit and awards darling.

And three years ago, Fox Searchlight bought Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” for $17.5 million, which is believed to be the highest sum ever paid for a film at the festival. (The film topped out at $15.9 million domestically.)

“Buyers are savvy and generally are paying what they think is necessary to make a deal happen while also fitting their individual business model,” said one insider. “I don’t expect there will be more than one or two legitimate bidding wars but I do expect it will be an active market given the number of players in the space looking for content.”

“People are less inclined to throw as much money at films and if the heat is right and there are competitive offers, I think you’d get to the right place,” Beecroft said.

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2. Streamers Are Coming to Buy

Ever since Netflix’s huge buying year four years ago, the question on everyone’s minds has been how prominent Netflix, Amazon and other streamers like HBO, Hulu, Apple, and now Disney+ will be on the acquisitions scene. Many top sales agents believe that Netflix and Amazon’s focus has shifted more toward producing their own conent — but that doesn’t mean they won’t go after a title they love.

Most sellers anticipate that HBO might make a mark at this year’s festival given its success with Laura Dern’s “The Tale” last year and the push by new corporate owner AT&T for the cable network to expand its content. And all eyes are on Hulu, Apple, and even Disney+ who will be arriving with content pipelines to fill and money to spend.

“All of these companies are hungry and are going to come really prepared,” Verve Ventures head Amy Beecroft said.

“I wouldn’t rule anyone out,” another insider added. “It’s not just one buyer buying everything anymore. I want companies like Searchlight, NEON, A24 and Bleecker and all of the others to buy things — I want to see that kind of diversity.”

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3. The Year of Documentaries

Docs are still in vogue. Last year, a number of high-profile documentaries found outsize critical and box office success, including “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” “RBG,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Minding the Gap.” Even less prominent documentaries have had their day in the sun, influencing the cultural conversation — most recently, competing Fyre Festival documentaries from Netflix and Hulu.

“You can’t overstate the incredible year of docs we just had — it certainly doesn’t feel like a fad anymore,” a top Sundance buyer told TheWrap. “Digital platforms have clearly grown the audience for cinematic documentary, more and more people are now seeking them out.”

And as if last year’s success wasn’t enough, another seller said, “This is honestly beginning to feel like the year of the documentary.”

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A number of high-profile documentaries at this year’s festival have already found distribution, such as the Michael Jackson doc “Leaving Neverland” (HBO), “Ask Dr. Ruth” (Magnolia) and “The Great Hack” (Netflix). But there are still quite a few that distributors are likely to clamor over, including the Harvey Weinstein doc “Untouchable” and “Knock Down the House,” documenting the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Bronx bartender to U.S. Congresswoman.

Documentaries are relatively cheap for distributors and even more attractive now that audiences have proven there is a theatrical market for them. But one prominent buyer told TheWrap was skeptical about the genre’s long-term the future.

“There are going to be isolated incidents where they’ll work and win awards, but it will be interesting to see if documentaries can become more than they are now,” the buyer said. “Traditionally, if you look back on business for the last 100 years, they’ve always been more challenging generally to monetize.”

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4. The State of the Indies?

The past year was a rough one for independent studios, with stalwarts like The Weinstein Company and Open Road filing for bankruptcy and others, like CBS Films, drifting from the theatrical marketplace altogether.  STX shelved a planned Hong Kong IPO; Annapurna dropped a couple of pricey film projects and parted ways with film division head Chelsea Bernard; and Lionsgate has been on the block for the better part of a year.

Still, many sales agents at this year’s Sundance festival aren’t worried about the potential impact of all this corporate upheaval on acquisitions.

“Most of the U.S. distribution companies we launched with are now gone and new players have entered the fold,” one major buyer told TheWrap. “The business model for what we do as a film distributor is a risky one and hard to predict.”

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“I like to be optimistic in terms of the state of the market,” said Rena Ronson, partner and co-head of UTA Independent Film Group. “For every company that is no longer around, another will emerge — and business will continue to shift between production and acquisition, and traditional release and streaming. Our main job is to support the independent community in every way possible on a global basis. Yes, there will be consolidation, but we have to stay ahead of it all and adjust as needed.”

There are certainly headwinds in the industry, but indie buyers and sellers are confident that the main players at Sundance are healthy and will still be active.

“It’s terrible that we’re losing distributors but it doesn’t affect the kind of acquisitions that typically take place at festivals,” another indie film seller told TheWrap. “Those studios, except for Lionsgate, are not big acquisition buyers. It’s just not the films they generally acquire.”

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5. More Vetting Post-Harvey

Last year, multiple insiders told TheWrap that buyers would vet filmmakers and stars before they agreed to buy their movies in the wake of #MeToo and post-Harvey — not to mention the revelations about Nate Parker’s past that undermined Fox Searchlight’s rollout of “The Birth of a Nation” in 2016. Two insiders told TheWrap that more vetting is a priority these days, although one shouldn’t be “too cautious.”

“With Harvey gone and everything having changed, people have become more cagey,” one insider said. “After the #MeToo stuff, things take more vetting.”

“Of course we think about it,” another buyer said. “But I wouldn’t say we’re overly sensitive because you can’t be too overly cautious. It’s very individualistic on the film. It depends on the filmmakers and the financiers. Some want to get the deals done quickly, while others want to make sure they checked all the boxes. We do a lot of our homework before going into the festival.”

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STX Backs Away From Hong Kong IPO

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Six months after filing paperwork for an IPO with the Hong Kong stock exchange, STX Entertainment has backed away from those plans, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap.

In a memo to employees that was provided to TheWrap, STX CEO Robert Simonds cited volatile political and market conditions in the region, as well as undisclosed better opportunities, for the company’s decision to allow its application on the Hong Kong exchange to lapse.

Simonds noted in particular recent deep declines for media and tech companies on the HK stock exchange, and said STX is in a strong financial position and can afford to wait until market conditions improve before trying again. Among those strengths, Simonds said the company has a positive cash flow and a cash balance of $160 million.

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Simonds also indicated that since filing the paperwork in Hong Kong last April, STX was approached by international investors and has been presented with “two very compelling opportunities” that it considers more pressing than a Hong Kong IPO.

Simonds did not disclose the details of those opportunities in his memo — STX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When filing paperwork, STX hoped to raise about $500 million through the IPO, according to an L.A. Times report at the time.

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Founded in 2014 to be a leaner movie and TV production house focused on mid-budget features, STX’s most recent releases include “Peppermint,” “The Happytime Murders,” and “I Feel Pretty.”

The studio’s biggest domestic hit was the 2016 R-rated comedy “Bad Moms,” which grossed $113 million domestically. “I Feel Pretty” earned $88 million earlier this year.

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Dave Bautista Action-Comedy ‘My Spy’ Adds Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Chloe Coleman to Cast

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STXfilms announced on Wednesday that the studio’s upcoming action-comedy “My Spy,” starring Dave Bautista, has added “Crazy Rich Asians”-actor Ken Jeong to the cast along with Parisa Fitz-Henley (“Luke Cage”) and Chloe Coleman (“Big Little Lies”).

“My Spy” follows a hardened CIA operative (Bautista) who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.

The film, currently in production in Toronto, is being directed by Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) from a script penned by Jon and Erich Hoeber (“Red”).

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“MY SPY is the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” said STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson in a statement. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

STXfilms is a division of Robert Simonds owned STX Entertainment.

The studio is making it a point to get into the big-screen action genre. In addition to “My Spy,” STX has what it hopes will be a new franchise in “Muscle,” with Vin Diesel, as well as gritty cop action flick “17 Bridges” with Black Panther himself Chadwick Boseman.

STXfilms also has two Jason Statham projects: an untitled coproduction with Tencent Pictures and “Killer’s Game.”

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And then there’s “Steel Soldiers,” the Robert Zemeckis produced sci-fi action feature co-produced with Alibaba Pictures.

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing “My Spy” alongside MWM Studios — the production company behind the National Geographic series “Genius” and the Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” — as well as Bautista, Segal and Jonathan Meisner.

Gigi Pritzker serves as a producer, Rachel Shane and Adrian Alperovich serve as executive producers, and Stacy Calabrese a co-producer, all on behalf of MWM Studios. Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber and Michael Flynn also serve as executive producers.

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STXfilms’ SVP of production Drew Simon and director of development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the production for the studio.

Jeong, who most recently appeared in the historic box office summer hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” is represented by Brett Carducci/Aligned Entertainment and ICM. Fitz-Henley stars in NBC’s “Midnight Texas” and is repped by Management 360, APA & Peikoff Mahan. Coleman is repped by Abrams Artists Agency & lawyer Ryan LeVine.

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STX Entertainment CEO Robert Simonds Withdraws From Saudi Conference Amid Khashoggi Disappearance

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Film producer and STX Entertainment CEO Robert Simonds has decided not to attend the Saudi Arabian Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, following the disappearance and presumed death of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A spokesperson for STX told TheWrap Simonds would no longer be attending.

Simonds is the most recent media executive to back out of the conference, following Thursday’s mass exodus that included Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and L.A. Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong and a number of media outlets.

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CNN, which was a expected to be a sponsor for the conference, backed out early Friday, joining both The New York Times and Economist as media partners who have dropped out of the event, often dubbed “the Davos of the Desert.”

Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, went missing Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Top Turkish security officials have since contended that they lured Khashoggi into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and murdered him with a 15-man hit team that then dismembered his body with a bone saw, The New York Times reported. Khashoggi was has been a longtime regime dissident and most recently a sharp critic of their ongoing war in Yemen.

The kingdom has denied the accusations, but the latest reporting from CNN suggests that Turkey has both audio and video evidence to corroborate the claims.

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Coming off the success of his new movie “Night School,” which became the No. 1 comedy at the box office since last year’s “Girls Trip,” Kevin Hart is ready to show his more dramatic side.

STXFilms, on Wednesday, released the first trailer for dramedy “The Upside,” in which Hart plays an unemployed, down-on-his-luck man with a criminal record who goes to work as a caretaker for a wealthy paraplegic (Bryan Cranston).

The trailer for “The Upside” teases a tender and deep relationship between the unlikely pair, which is sure to pull at audiences’ heartstrings. Hart will offer some levity and comedy as well.

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STXFilms Chairman Adam Fogelson said in announcing the studio had acquired the film, that: “This is a hilariously funny and emotionally affecting film. It evokes elements of films like ‘Trading Places’ and ‘Scent of a Woman.’”

The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King.

“The Upside” is a remake of the adored 2011 French film “The Intouchables,” starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy. That version grossed $416 million overseas and surprised some award watchers when it failed to make the shortlist for foreign-language Oscar recognition. “The Upside,” which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, did stoke some awards talk of its own before being stained by The Weinstein Co. name.

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The film was among the prized unreleased films The Weinstein Co. still owned when the company filed for bankruptcy in March, following a multitude of sexual misconduct accusations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. “The Upside” was turned over to Lantern Entertainment when the company bought TWC out of bankruptcy in May.

Lantern partnered with STX Entertainment to distribute the film, which is set to hit theaters on Jan. 11 — not in time for recognition in the 91st Oscars airing next February.

“The Upside” is an Escape Artists production. Producers are Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch.

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Chadwick Boseman’s ’17 Bridges’ Adds Taylor Kitsch, Sienna Miller and JK Simmons

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Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Sienna Miller and Taylor Kitsch have joined the cast of STXFilms’ upcoming action thriller “17 Bridges,” starring Chadwick Boseman.

“17 Bridges” stars Boseman as a disgraced NYPD detective who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy.

As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 17 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the island.

The studio, a division of STX Entertainment, did not specify what roles Simmons, Miller or Kitsch will play.

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Brian Kirk (“Luther”) is directing “17 Bridges” from a screenplay written by Adam Mervis, though Matt Carnahan was brought in to make revisions to the script.

The film also adds MWM Studios as producers, alongside Boseman, Logan Coles and Joe and Anthony Russo. MWM co-founder Gigi Pritzker (“Hell or High Water”) will serve as a producer for the studio, while Rachel Shane (“Genius”) and Adrian Alperovich will serve as executive producers on behalf of MWM Studios. Melissa Rucker will also serve as a co-producer for MWM Studios.

MWM Studios is the film and TV division of MWM (Madison Wells Media) behind critically acclaimed projects such as the National Geographic series “Genius” and “Hell or High Water.”

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Mike Larocca (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) will executive produce the film under the AGBO banner.

STXFilms is making it a point to get into the big-screen action film game. In addition to “17 Bridges,” the studio has what it hopes will be a new franchise in “Muscle,” for Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista action-comedy called “My Spy,” which will also be produced by MWM Studios.

STX Films also has two Jason Statham projects: an untitled coproduction with Tencent Pictures and “Killer’s Game.”

And then there’s “Steel Soldiers,” the Robert Zemeckis produced sci-fi action feature co-produced with Alibaba Pictures.

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STXfilms’ senior vice president of production Drew Simon and director of development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the production of “17 Bridges” on behalf of the studio.

Simmons is currently staring in the Starz TV series “Counterpart” and Jason Reitman’s upcoming political drama “The Front Runner.” Simmons is represented by Gersh.

Miller is repped by WME and United Agents in the U.K. and will next star in the indie thriller “American Woman.”

Kitsch was most recently in the six-part event series “Waco” and is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

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