Indican set to distrib ‘Saints’

Duffy's tale of vigilante brothers picked up

Indican Pictures has closed a deal to distribute domestically “The Boondock Saints” — the pic written and directed by ex-bartender Troy Duffy and financed by Franchise Pictures.

The film opens in Los Angeles and New York on Jan. 21, and subsequently rolls out in Boston and Chicago. In mid-February, it premieres on USA Networks. Blockbuster will take video rights.

Set in Boston and shot two summers ago, pic concerns two Irish twin brothers who become vigilantes. Pic stars Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly and David Della Rocco.

In 1997, Miramax paid Duffy a handsome sum for rights to his script (Daily Variety, March 31, 1997). But that deal ended up falling apart, and Franchise Pics stepped in to finance the project, which was ultimately produced by Rob Fried, Lloyd Segan and Franchise topper Elie Samaha. Exec producers are Andrew Stevens, also of Franchise, and Chris Brinker.

Indican — founded last April by Shaun Hill, Kevin Ramon, Jay Gianukos, David Hill and Malena Williams to distribute small pics for niche markets — has released “Pariah,” a feature addressing neo-Nazi violence. Earlier in the week, it snatched up Christine Fugate’s Slamdance docu “The Girl Next Door.”

Indican’s new partners are Randolph Kret and Jeff Thill.

Indican’s deal was negotiated by Shaun Hill, Blockbuster’s by Greg Creel and USA Networks’ by Lou Fazio.

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