Glen Basner’s FilmNation has acquired international sales rights to Roger Avary’s return to the director’s chair, “Lucky Day,” a pulp action thriller starring Crispin Glover (“American Gods”), Nina Dobrev (“Flatliners”) and Luke Bracey (“Point Break”).
Clifton Collins (“Westworld”) has joined the cast, which also includes Clé Bennett (“Jigsaw”), Nadia Fares (“Marseille”), David Hewlett (“The Shape of Water”), Tomer Sisley (“Largo Winch”) and Josie Ho (“Dream Home”).
“Lucky Day” is being produced by Samuel Hadida — with whom Avary collaborated on “Killing Zoe,” “Rules of Attractions” and “Silent Hill,” among other films — and Don Carmody. Hadida and Carmody produced the “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” movies.
Penned by Avary, “Lucky Day” follows an ex-con on parole who sets off to reunite with his wife and daughter and gets hunted down by a psychopathic hitman looking to avenge his dead brother. Avary told Variety that “Lucky Day” weaves together many of the the characters he has cultivated in his films into a single neo-noir, aggressive, violent, funny, irreverent, politically incorrect movie in the spirit of “True Romance” and “Pulp Fiction” (which he co-wrote and won an Oscar for in 1995).
Hadida said that “Lucky Day” would share the DNA of Avary and Scott’s cult movies, which mix action, comedy, meaty performances and an emotional component.
Leading Canadian distribution banner Elevation Pictures will release the film in Canada and Hadida’s Paris-based distribution outfit Metropolitan FilmExport will handle the French release.
The movie is currently shooting in Toronto with a key crew including veteran editor Sylvie Landra, cinematographer Brendan Steacy (“Alias Grace”) and stunt coordinator Steve Lucescu (“Resident Evil”).
FilmNation is starting to shop “Lucky Day” at AFM where it is unveiling the film’s promo to buyers.