AGC International has closed a raft of key pre-sales on Donnie Yen action thriller The Father including UK, Germany, France, Australia, and South Korea.
Rights have gone in: UK (Signature Entertainment); Germany and Switzerland (Leonine); France (Metropolitan); Australia and New Zealand (Rialto Distribution and Vertigo Releasing); Spain (DeAPlaneta); and South Korea (First Run).
Deals have closed for: CIS and Baltics (Paradise/MGN); Scandinavia (Nordisk); Greece, India, the Middle East and Turkey (Italia Films); Taiwan (MovieCloud); Benelux (Just Media Group); Thailand (Sahamongkolfilm); Malaysia (GSC); Singapore (Golden Village); Portugal (Lusomundo); Israel (United King); West Indies (ATM Films); and HBO Asia for pan-Asian pay TV.
Negotiations are ongoing with remaining territories. CAA Media Finance handles US rights.
Yen (IP Man franchise, Mulan, Star Wars: Rogue One) will star in the homage to 1980s action movies set in the Irish-American gangland of South Boston where a Hong Kong immigrant must protect his family after his wayward teenage sons stumble upon a stash of heroin. Alec Baldwin and Frank Grillo also star.
Tommy Wirkola (Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters) will direct from a screenplay by P.G. Cuschieri, and principal photography is scheduled to start in early 2021.
Arthur Sarkissian (The Foreigner; Rush Hour franchise), Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee of Thunder Road (John Wick and Sicario franchises, Greenland), John Schramm and Yen are producing.