Sierra/Affinity is set to re-team with “Drive” producer David Lancaster on Tim Sutton’s “Donnybrook,” an adaptation of Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel. Sierra/Affinity will start shopping the project at the American Film Market next week.
Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox at Rumble Films are producing “Donnybrook” with Backup Media, which is fully financing the movie. UTA reps North American rights. Sierra/Affinity previously worked with Lancaster on such titles as “Drive,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Eye in the Sky.”
The movie will be headlined by Frank Grillo, who is best-known for his roles in “The Purge” and “Wolf Warrior II,” which has grossed an estimated $850 million in China; Jamie Bell, who stars opposite Annette Bening in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” which SPC is positioning as an awards contender; Margaret Qualley, who starred in “The Nice Guys” and “Novitiate,” which SPC has acquired; and James Badge Dale (“Only the Brave”).
Sierra/Affinity describes the project as “wild, backwoods version of ‘Fight Club’ meets ‘No Country For Old Men.'”
“We are delighted to be working with David again. ‘Donnybrook’ is right in his producing wheelhouse of delivering high quality elevated genre films and we can’t wait to bring Tim’s vision of this muscular and gritty world to a global audience,” said Nick Meyer, CEO of Sierra/Affinity.
Sutton’s fourth feature after “Pavilion,” “Memphis,” and “Dark Night,” “Donnybrook” follows a family man hard up for cash who competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.
Rumble Films teamed with Backup Media on Evan Katz’s “Small Crimes” and Fabrice du Welz’s “Message for the King.”