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Lionsgate Will Be ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ for US Rights to Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn Thriller

Cannes 2017: Crime thriller is written and directed by S. Craig Zahler

In the opening days of the Cannes Film Festival, Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. rights to the crime thriller “Dragged Across Concrete,” which stars Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson.

“Dragged Across Concrete” is written and directed by S. Craig Zahler and follows two detectives who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. With no money and no options, they descend into the criminal underworld.

The crime thriller is produced by Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures, Dallas Sonnier of Cinestate, Jack Heller of Assemble Media, and Sefton Fincham of Look to the Sky Films. The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones along with Fantasy 6 (OTC:FNTYF) and Victory Square Labs’ Shafin Diamond will serve as executive producers. It is set to start production on July 17 in Vancouver.

“We are delighted to be working again with Mel Gibson who helmed our double Oscar winner ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ along with Vince Vaughn and the great production team behind this film,” said Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Jason Constantine. “It’s a double treat to have screenwriter S. Craig Zahler also direct what will be an intense film for audiences.”

Vaughn is represented by WME and attorneys Deborah Klein & Peter Sample, while Gibson is represented by CAA and attorneys Tom Hansen & Don Steele.

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Zahler is best known for “Bone Tomahawk” and “Asylum Blackout.” Zahler also wrote and directed Vaughn’s upcoming action thriller “Brawl in Cell Block 99.” He is represented by UTA, Cinestate and Ziffren Law.

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, Eda Kowan, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and Elizabeth Hopkins, Motion Picture Group Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs. The deal was brokered by WME Global and CAA Film Finance and Sales Group on behalf of Unified Pictures and the filmmakers.

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