Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Killing Gunther’ Snagged by Saban Films

“SNL” alum Taran Killam directs and co-stars in action comedy

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Killing Gunter” has been acquired by Saban Films, the company announced today.

“SNL” alum Taran Killam directs and co-stars in action comedy. Bobby Moynihan, Hannah Simone, Cobie Smulders, Paul Brittain, Amir Talai, Aaron Yoo, Ryan Gaul, and Allison Tolman co-star. The action comedy is produced by Killam, Kim Leadford, Ash Sarohia and Steve Squillante, executive produced by Schwarzenegger and financed by StarStream Media and Ingenious Media. Saban Films is planning a theatrical release later this year. IMR International is handling the foreign rights.

“Killing Gunther” tells the story of Gunther (Schwarzenegger), the world’s greatest hitman. There are plenty of reasons to want to kill him: He’s arrogant, he’s a show-off and he steals jobs. The assassin community is tired of it. Determined to retire Gunther for good, a group of eccentric killers from across the globe come together to set the perfect trap. But their master plan quickly turns into a series of embarrassing fails as Gunther always appears one step ahead. The film just wrapped production.

Killam added, “I am unbelievably grateful to Saban for distributing my directorial debut, and the excitement and support they’ve shown our film. I particularly applaud their courage in taking a risk on my up-and-coming costar ‘Schwartzy’ as he hates to be called.”

Ness Saban and Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films with UTA Independent Film Group and CAA.

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