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Christian Bale’s ‘Hostiles’ Acquired by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike. The distributor plans an awards season release in December before expanding to wide release in January.

The film, directed by Scott Cooper from his own script, had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is scheduled to open the Rome Film Festival at the end of this month. ESMP acquired the movie from producer Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment.

The film, set in 1892, stars Bale as a captain who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to tribal lands. The journey takes Bale and his detail from New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana.

Along the way they pick up a young widow (Pike), whose family has been murdered on the plains by hostile Comanche natives. Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Ben Foster, Jonathan Majors and Timothee Chalamet also star.

Hostiles” is based upon an original manuscript by the late Donald Stewart and was produced by Scott Cooper, Ken Kao, John Lesher, and executive produced by Will Weiske.

“‘Hostiles’ is an incredibly powerful and entertaining film, a masterpiece,” said Byron Allen, chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike deliver flawless performances in this excellent movie.”

It’s the third deal out of Toronto for ESMP, which also bought “Replicas” starring Keanu Reeves, and the historical drama “Chappaquiddick,” starring Jason Clarke.

The deal was negotiated by ESMP’s Chris Charalambous, WME Global Finance & Distribution, and CAA’s Film Finance & Sales Group. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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