EXCLUSIVE:It’s been at least 15 minutes since we broke a very lively US film market package, so here’s another one that’s sure to elicit great interest from buyers.
STXInternational Launches Sales of Guy Ritchie Action Thriller The interpreterwhich will star Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who returns to a war zone to repay a debt to his performer.
Ritchie was inspired to tell the compelling story after conversations with soldiers and performers who risk their lives to help them.
Gyllenhaal will play Sgt. John Kinley, who on his last tour in Afghanistan teams up with local interpreter Ahmed to survey the area. When their unit is ambushed while on patrol, Kinley and Ahmed are the only survivors. With enemy fighters in pursuit, Ahmed risks his own life to carry a wounded Kinley through miles of grueling terrain to safety. Back on American soil, Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family have not been allowed to travel to America as promised. Determined to protect his friend and repay his debt, Kinley returns to the war zone to retrieve Ahmed and his family before the local militias get to them first.
Principal photography is set to begin on January 10, 2022 on location in Spain.
sherlock holmes and Aladdin filmmaker Ritchie will direct from a script he co-wrote with his Operation Fortune: Ruse of War, man’s anger and Gentlemen collaborators Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies. Ritchie and Atkinson are also producing, with STXfilms executive producing.
CAA and WME Independent jointly represent US rights with STX. As we revealed earlier this month, the project was initially a potential Miramax joint, but STX is now at the helm.
Ritchie’s Jason Statham Spy Action Thriller Operation Fortune: Ruse of War is set to be released on January 21, 2022 via STXfilms.
Gyllenhaal continues to be one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors. the Brokeback Mountain and Prisoners star recently starred in Antoine Fuqua’s Toronto title The guilty and has a Michael Bay action shot the ambulance hit next year.
Ritchie is replaced by CAA. Gyllenhaal is replaced by WME.