Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Sold to YooZoo for China

YooZoo Pictures has acquired Chinese distribution rights for Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” starring Andrew Garfield, from IM Global.

The deal marks the first high-profile acquisition for YooZoo, which will also have a presentation credit in international territories. YooZoo Pictures is part of online and mobile entertainment company Youzu Interactive under chairman and CEO Lin Qi.

Hacksaw Ridge” also stars Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn. The movie is based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector — someone who claims the right to refuse military service — to win the Congressional Medal of Honor after saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa.

The film will shoot in Australia beginning in September. Gibson is directing from a script by Robert Schenkkan and “We Were Soldiers” screenwriter Randall Wallace.

Cross Creek is the principal financier. The film is produced by Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium Films and David Permut’s Permut Productions. Brian Oliver will produce, Terry Benedict and Steve Longi are co-producers, and Gregory Crosby is an associate producer.

IM Global is handling international rights for the film, which will be distributed by Lionsgate in the U.S.

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