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Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Laurence Fishburne-Thomas Jane thriller “Standoff” and plans a first-quarter release.

“Standoff,” written and directed by Adam Alleca, centers on a troubled veteran — portrayed by Jane — who gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from a vicious assassin (Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl’s life.

“Standoff” was produced by Tove Christensen, Lee Clay, Eric Gozlan and Michael Wexler. Executive producers include George Castrounis, Hayden Christensen and Richard Iott. The film was co-produced by Rosie Komandina.

Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films with Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.

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