Source: Saban Films

‘Fatman’ first look

Saban Films has acquired US rights to the dark comedy Fatman starring Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins and Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Eshom and Ian Nelms (Small Town Crime, Waffle Street, Lost On Purpose) wrote and directed the story about a precocious 12-year-old who hires an unorthodox hitman to kill Santa Claus after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.

The film’s international sales agent Fortitude International’s Nadine de Barros and Mammoth Entertainment’s Todd Courtney produced with RBL Studios’ Michelle Lang, Zed Filmworks’ Robert Menzies, and Skywolf Media’s Lisa Wolofsky.

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said, “This is our second collaboration with the Nelms brothers [after Small Town Crime], and we couldn’t be more excited to bring another unique, thrilling movie of theirs to our audiences. Eshom and Ian are a talented duo, and we were hooked from script stage. This one is a fun ride.”

Jonathan Saba and Bromiley negotiated the deal for Saban Films with de Barros on behalf of the filmmakers.

Bromiley and Saba are executive producers alongside financiers Hans Hufschmid and Todd Courtney, and Brandon James, Alastair Burlingham, The Film House’s Ryan R. Johnson, Windy Hill Pictures’ Buddy Patrick, Gary Raskin, Ben Rosenblatt, Kyle Stroud, and Ingenious Media’s Peter Touche and Samantha Allwinton.

Saban Films will announce release plans at a later date.