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eOne nabs U.S. rights to ‘Special Forces’

Diane Kruger starrer sold to all major territories

eOne has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Diane Kruger starrer “Special Forces” from French major Studiocanal for release in spring.

It’s eOne’s first U.S. theatrical pickup since launching its distribution branch in the States in August. Set in Afghanistan, the high-voltage thriller turns on a French journalist kidnapped by the Taliban.

It’s the feature debut of Stephane Rybojad, who previously helmed documentaries on the special forces. Kruger plays opposite Benoit Magimel, Denis Menochet, Raphael Personnaz and Djimon Hounsou.

Budgeted at just under $25 million, pic is produced by Paris-based Easy Company and lensed in Tajikistan, Djibouti and the French Alps.

“Special Forces” is sold out worldwide with the exception of a few territories that will close soon, per Studiocanal. Most of the sales closed at Cannes in May.

Led by prexy David Reckziegel, eOne Films North America plans to release 12-15 films in the U.S. every year.

eOne also operates in the U.K., Canada, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Scandinavia and South Africa.

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