Toronto: Samuel L. Jackson’s Action Movie ‘Big Game’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has acquired U.S. rights to action-adventure “Big Game,” starring Samuel L. Jackson as the president of the United States.

EuropaCorp paid $4 million for the rights to “Big Game,” which premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival.

“Big Game,” set in Finland, centers on a 13-year-old (Onni Tommila) who embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, when he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the battered and bruised president of the United States following a terrorist attack.

“Big Game” is directed by Jalmari Helander. Production companies are Subzero Film Entertainment, Altitude Film Entertainment Ltd. and Egoli Tossell Film GmbH. Producers are Petri Jokiranta, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Jens Meurer.

EuropaCorp announced in February that it was forming the RED joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity. EuropaCorp partner Christophe Lambert told Variety that “Big Game” had been one of the two movies — along with Chris Rock’s “Top Five” — which had a large commercial appeal.

“We had to fight a bidding war to acquire it,” Lambert said.  “It’s our first acquisition for RED and it’s a perfect fit for us: it’s a movie packed with action with strong European elements since it’s directed by a Finnish filmmaker and produced by a U.K. company. Jalmari Helander is a very promising director who’s definitely on our radar for future projects.

“With ‘Big Game,’ our goal is to show our marketing muscle and attract other producers,” he added.

The film also stars Jim Broadbent, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman, Mehmet Kurtulus, Ted Levine and Ray Stevenson.

WME Global handled the sale. Rights have also been sold to Entertainment One for the U.K. and Canada.

News was first reported by Deadline.com.

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