Open Road Films has acquired all U.S.distribution rights

Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in action thriller “Ten,” to be directed by David Ayer and financed by QED International.

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S.distribution rights.

Schwarzenegger is currently filming “The Tomb” will appear in “The Expendables 2,” due out in August. He stars in “The Last Stand,” which will be released in January.

Screenplay for Ten is by Skip Woods (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “A Good Day To Die Hard”). Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy will serve as producers. Alex Ott of Ayer’s Crave Films is executive producer.

Story in “Ten” centers on an elite DEA task force deals with the world’s deadliest drug cartels. What looks to be a typical raid turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the DEA squad. After hiding millions in stolen cash, the team believes their secret is safe – until someone begins assassinating them one by one.

“I am really excited about this project and the team that’s come together,” said Schwarzenegger. “David Ayer is incredibly talented and exactly what I want for a story this compelling.”

Ayer directed “End of Watch,” which Open Road releases in September. Writing credits include “Training Day,” “The Fast And The Furious,” “S.W.A.T” . and “U-571.”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg, and Ben Cotner. Bill Block, along with Paul Hanson and Chris Corabi, negotiated the deal on behalf of QED International. Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal negotiated on behalf of Schwarzenegger, along with CAA who negotiated on behalf of both Schwarzenegger and Ayer.

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