Distributor brings pic to German-speaking territories

BERLIN — Swiss-German distrib Ascot Elite has nabbed Mike Gunther’s ”Set Up,” starring Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe.

The Zurich-based group took theatrical, home entertainment and TV rights for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The revenge-thriller, which also stars Curtis ”50 Cent” Jackson, Randy Couture and Jenna Dewan, follows three pals caught up in a heist and whose close friendship is tested when the lust for money and power results in betrayal and death.

Deal was negotiated by Hannibal Classics chairman and CEO Richard Rionda Del Castro, Hannibal’s director of sales Jonathan Collins and Ascot Elite’s chief operating officer Stephan Giger.

Jackson and Randall Emmett’s Cheetah Vision produced the film along with George Furla.

Lionsgate is distributing ”Set Up” in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Ascot Elite’s upcoming theatrical releases in Germany also include John Michael McDonagh’s Irish crime caper ”The Guard,” Werner Herzog’s ”Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and Sebastian Borensztein’s Argentinean comedy ”Chinese Takeaway.”

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