Apparition and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) have moved quickly to acquire The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day following its Comic-Con presentation and will release in the US on October 30.

Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney’s fledgling distributor Apparition will handle the US theatrical release while SPWAG will handle ancillary rights under its standing arrangement with Apparition as well as overseas distribution.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day continues writer-director Troy Duffy’s stylised 1999 crime thriller starring Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery as fraternal twin vigilantes in Boston.

The sequel follows the brothers on a mission to avenge the death of a beloved priest and also stars Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr, and Julie Benz.

“The reaction to the film-makers and cast at Comic-con was phenomenal,” Berney said. “There have been rumours about a sequel for years and they’ve delivered a solid follow-up with lots of surprises for the fans.”

The Boondock Saints franchise is unique in that it has not only a cult-like devotion but also very broad appeal,” SPWAG president Steve Bersch said. “Boondock Saints II is a great follow-up, featuring both returning cast along with great new cast members.”

Chris Brinker produced the sequel and Duffy also wrote the screenplay.

Apparition has wasted little time in pulling together an eclectic initial slate. The other films are Bright Star and The Young Victoria, both of which will screen in Toronto, as well as the Sundance hit Black Dynamite and Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt.