Saban Films obtain North American rights to Taran Killam’s ‘Killing Gunther’

Saban Films has acquired the rights to Taran Killam’s action comedy film Killing Gunther, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bobby Moynihan (SNL, Inside Out, Sisters), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Paul Brittain (Hotel Transylvania 2), Amir Talai (What to Expect When You’re Expecting), Aaron Yoo (21, Disturbia), Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief) and Allison Tolman (Fargo, Downward Dog).

In a press release today, Killam said, “I am unbelievably grateful to Saban for distributing my directorial debut, and the excitement and support they’ve shown our film. I particularly applaud their courage in taking a risk on my up-and-coming costar “Schwartzy” as he hates to be called.”

Killing Gunther tells the story of Gunther (Schwarzenegger), the world’s greatest hitman. There are plenty of reasons to want to kill him:  he’s arrogant, he’s a show-off, and he steals jobs. The assassin community is tired of it. Determined to retire Gunther for good, a group of eccentric killers from across the globe come together to set the perfect trap.  But their master plan quickly turns into a series of embarrassing fails as Gunther always appears one step ahead.

Killing Gunter has finished filming and is now in post-production. The film is directed, written, and produced by Killam will have a theatrical release later this year. It is produced by Killam, Kim Leadford, Ash Sarohia and Steve Squillante, executive produced by Schwarzenegger and financed by StarStream Media and Ingenious Media. IMR International will handle the foreign rights.

Saban Films has been buying several films since Ethan Hawke’s action thriller 24 Hours to Live. They recently purchased Simon West’s Gun Shy starring Antonio Banderas and Olga Kurylenko and John Travolta’s Speed Kills. Saban has several plans to release several films this year, including Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lake Bell; Sean Penn’s The Last Face starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem; John Stockwell’s Armed Response starring Wesley Snipes and Anne Heche; Alexandros Avranas’ True Crime starring Jim Carrey; and FilmNation’s sci-fi film Kill Switch starring Dan Stevens and Bérénice Marlohe.

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