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STX Entertainment has bought worldwide rights to Ilya Naishuller’s science-fiction action movie “Hardcore” for at least $10 million.

It’s one of the biggest deals at the Toronto Film Festival, with multiple offers following its Sept. 13 world premiere in the Midnight Madness section.

“Hardcore” — shot from the point of view of the protagonist — sparked elevated interest with Universal and Lionsgate in the early stages, with bidding reaching $10 million as of late Thursday.

The deal includes a commitment for at least 1,000 screens in its U.S. release by year-old STX, which has been ramping up its release slate in order to fill in the gap in mid-budget fare.

The film stars Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky, Cyrus Arnold, Ilya Naishuller and Will Stewart. Naishuller’s story centers on a super-soldier who tries to save his wife from a psychotic paramilitary psychic bent on world domination.

Producers are Timur Bekmambetov, Ilya Naishuller, Inga Vainshtein Smith and Ekaterina Kononenko.

It’s the first feature film for Naishuller, best known for directing music videos for his band Biting Elbows. The concept grew out of his music video “Bad Motherf—–.”

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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