Savoy Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to the sci-fi adventure “The Penal Colony” from Allied Filmmakers, which will represent the pic internationally, Savoy announced Monday.Gale Anne Hurd (“Aliens,””Terminator 2: Judgment Day”) is producing the Ray Liotta starrer. Martin Campbell directs from a screenplay by Michael Gaylin and Joel Gross based on Richard Herley’s book. Jake Eberts serves as exec producer. Liotta stars as Marine Captain John Robbins, who, after being convicted in the year 2017, is unjustly transferred from a maximum-security prison to a faraway gulag called Absolom, from which there is no escape. The pic started lensing May 17 in Australia. Also in the cast are Stuart Wilson, Lance Henriksen, Ernie Hudson and Kevin Dillon. Young indie Savoy has been adding to its slate lately, grabbing the screen rights to military-thriller scribe Tom Clancy’s newest work, “Without Remorse,” a Navy SEAL drama that Brandon Tartikoff will produce (Daily Variety, June 17). Savoy’s pipeline also includes the Tom Berenger action-adventure “Last of the Dog Man,” the Kathleen Turner vehicle “Serial Mom,” with John Waters directing, and the tentatively titled Garry Marshall picture “Exit to Eden.” Robert De Niro’s upcoming “A Bronx Tale,” the John Schlesinger project “Dead Giveaway” and the Richard Attenborough-directed drama “Shadowlands,” stars Debra Winger and Anthony Hopkins.
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