Redbox Entertainment Secures North American Rights to Oscar-Winning Action Thriller Muti Starring Morgan Freeman and Cole Hauser
LOS ANGELES–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Redbox Entertainment, the original content division of Redbox, today announced that it has secured the North American distribution rights for Muti, an action thriller starring Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman (Million dollar baby) and Cole Hauser (Yellowstone). Muti comes from writer-director George Gallo (Bad Boys) and producers Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment (Waiting for the barbarians).
The film follows Detective Boyd (Hauser), who, unable to process his daughter’s death, sets out to find a serial killer who murders according to a brutal tribal ritual: Muti. The only person who can help Boyd is Professor Mackles (Freeman), an anthropologist who hides an unspeakable secret. The line between reason and madness grows thinner as Boyd delves into the killer’s world.
“After reading the script for Muti, we knew this was a special movie that will put audiences at the edge of their seats, ”said Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox. “The cast is phenomenal, and George’s past work on Bad Boys and other projects speaks for itself. We can’t wait to make it the first one next year. ”
The supporting cast includes Peter Stormare (Fargo) and former NFL player Vernon Davis. Principal photography recently ended in Mississippi and will continue in Italy. The screenplay is written by Bob Bowersox, Jennifer Lemmon, Francesco Cinquemani, Giorgia Iannone, Luca Giliberto and Ferdinando Dell’Omo. The film is based on a story by Joe Lemmon and Cinquemani.
Producers are Joe Lemmon of Black Diamond Films, Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi and Danielle Maloni of Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment SPA, and Bret Saxon and Jeff Bowler of Wonderfilm Media. The executive producers are March on Productions Richard Salvatore, David E. Ornston, Nate Adams and Luca Matrundola.
The deal was negotiated by Marc Danon of Redbox Entertainment and Bret Saxon of Wonderfilm Media.
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