Col TriStar takes ‘Off’ rights

Van Damme pic finds U.S. seller

Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group has taken all North American rights to the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner “Knock Off.”

Pic co-stars Paul Sorvino, Lela Rochon and Rob Schneider. It was written by Steven E. De Souza, scribe of action pics such as “Die Hard” and “48 HRS.,” and was directed by Tsui Hark.

Hark’s last pic, the Van Damme vehicle “The Colony,” was financed by Mandalay Entertainment and distributed domestically by TriStar.

“Knock Off,” which was produced by Signature’s Moshe Diamant and Nansun Shi, is being sold internationally by Mark Damon’s MDP Worldwide.

Signature — which has a first-look deal with Columbia Pictures — and MDP, which have collaborated on a number of Van Damme pics, also are in talks to co-finance and distribute the James Ellroy adaptation “The Black Dahlia,” with David Fincher attached to direct.

“Knock Off” is about a man battling an international terrorist group in Hong Kong during the colony’s transfer back to Chinese rule.

More Film

  • Durban FilmMart Taps Funds for African

    Durban FilmMart Taps Funds for African Filmmakers

    Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group has taken all North American rights to the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner “Knock Off.” Pic co-stars Paul Sorvino, Lela Rochon and Rob Schneider. It was written by Steven E. De Souza, scribe of action pics such as “Die Hard” and “48 HRS.,” and was directed by Tsui Hark. Hark’s last […]

  • The Greatest Showman on Earth

    Hollywood Enjoys Rare Dominance of Japan Box Office in First Half Year

    Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group has taken all North American rights to the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner “Knock Off.” Pic co-stars Paul Sorvino, Lela Rochon and Rob Schneider. It was written by Steven E. De Souza, scribe of action pics such as “Die Hard” and “48 HRS.,” and was directed by Tsui Hark. Hark’s last […]

  • Russell Brand and Paula Patton

    Russell Brand, Paula Patton Join ‘Four Kids and It’ Cast

    Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group has taken all North American rights to the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner “Knock Off.” Pic co-stars Paul Sorvino, Lela Rochon and Rob Schneider. It was written by Steven E. De Souza, scribe of action pics such as “Die Hard” and “48 HRS.,” and was directed by Tsui Hark. Hark’s last […]

  • Curse of La Llorana

    Film News Roundup: Horror Movie Re-Titled 'The Curse of La Llorona' for Spring Release

    Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group has taken all North American rights to the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner “Knock Off.” Pic co-stars Paul Sorvino, Lela Rochon and Rob Schneider. It was written by Steven E. De Souza, scribe of action pics such as “Die Hard” and “48 HRS.,” and was directed by Tsui Hark. Hark’s last […]

  • Brad Pitt Leonardo Dicaprio

    Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio Turned Down 'Brokeback Mountain,' Says Gus Van Sant

    Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group has taken all North American rights to the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner “Knock Off.” Pic co-stars Paul Sorvino, Lela Rochon and Rob Schneider. It was written by Steven E. De Souza, scribe of action pics such as “Die Hard” and “48 HRS.,” and was directed by Tsui Hark. Hark’s last […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content