Redbox Entertainment and Red Sea Media Inc. (RSM) Feb. 16 announced they have signed worldwide rights for the action-adventure film King of Killers. The film was written by and will be directed by actor, screenwriter, and comic book writer Kevin Grevioux, who was behind the successful “Underworld” franchise for Sony Pictures.
Based on Grevioux’s graphic novel of the same name, King of Killers tells the story of a group of international assassins who are contracted to take out the most dangerous killer in the world. The film will be shot in Winnipeg, Canada later this month. Redbox Entertainment will release the film domestically later this year in theaters and, on the same day, through its Redbox On Demand digital video store as well as on disc at its Redbox kiosks.
King of Killers stars Frank Grillo, best known for his appearances in the “Captain America” and “Purge” films. It will be produced by Shane Walker and Angel Gracia of Creative Tank, Michael Wright and Christopher Rush Harrington of Dovetail Media, Juliette Hagopian of JuliJette Inc., Channel 56 Films, and Todd Slater of Slater Brothers Entertainment. Redbox CEO Galen Smith and Marc Danon of Redbox Entertainment will serve as executive producers, along with Grant Slater of Slater Brothers Entertainment, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor and Tyler Gould from BondIt Media Capital and Roman Kopelevich and Roman Viaris of RSM.
The deal was brokered by Roman Kopelevich, CEO of RSM, and Todd Slater, partner at Slater Brothers Entertainment on behalf of the producers, and by Danon for Redbox Entertainment. BondIt Media Capital is providing direct financing for the film.
Grillo is represented by Management 360, Creative Artists Agency, Paul Hastings and 42West. Grillo recently wrapped on the biopic Lamborghini, based on the life story of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the iconic Italian sports car company.
Grevioux said: “I am thrilled that Redbox Entertainment and Red Sea Media are on board as our partners. Similarly to Underworld, I created the graphic novel to be a franchise in a series of action films. Now with our incredible cast, we have a property that audiences around the world will have a lot of fun experiencing.”
“After reading the script and seeing Kevin’s amazing track record with Underworld, we know this will be an action-packed film that will thrill audiences,” said Redbox’s Smith. “We’re looking forward to releasing King of Killers later this year.”