EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Automatic Entertainment has closed a slew of deals on the EFM-bound action title Pound Of Flesh starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Automatic co-owners and former Archstone sales chiefs Jeffrey Giles and Michael Lurie have licensed the film to Ace Entertainment for France, Klockworx for Japan, Leda Films for Latin America Daro for Eastern Europe, CIS and South Africa.

Ernie Barbarash directs from a screenplay by Joshua James about a former solider who reunites with his estranged brother to save his dying niece.

Principal photography is scheduled to kick off in China in March.

Automatic’s EFM slate includes White Rabbit, SXSW 2013 selection Holy Ghost People, American Muscle co-produced with Travis Stevens of Snowfort Pictures and Ninja Apocalypse.