Olivia Wilde’s ‘A Vigilante’ Picked Up by Saban Films and DirecTV

Toronto Film Festival 2018: Crime thriller first premiered at SXSW in March

Last Updated: September 8, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Olivia Wilde’s “A Vigilante” has sold to Saban Films, along with DirecTV, at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sarah Daggar-Nickson wrote and directed the crime drama. “A Vigilante” follows a once abused woman, Sadie (Wilde), who devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers. Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett, C.J. Wilson, Tonye Patano, Chuck Cooper, Betsy Aidem, Judy Marte also star.

The film first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March, and was nominated for a SXSW Gamechanger Award.

“Olivia plays a badass vigilante which is refreshing and relevant while also shining a much-deserved light on domestic abuse,” Saban Films CEO Bill Bromiley said in a statement. “This role shows a side of Olivia that we haven’t seen before and audiences will love.”

“A Vigilante” will be released theatrically by Saban in the first quarter of 2019 and will have a one-month exclusive window on DirecTV first.

Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski and Bryan Reisberg, Ted Farnsworth and Mitch Lowe, The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Arnaud Lanic, and Babak Eftekhari, Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser, Delphine Perrier, and Henry Winterstein, Ted Fox, and Mark Stewart executive produced.

Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films, with Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers.  Highland Film Group is representing international rights.

Last year at SXSW, Saban Films and DIRECTV acquired Eshom and Ian Nelms’ feature “Small Town Crime” starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer. The two companies continue to bolster their slate, most recently following Alexandre Moors’ “The Yellow Birds,” starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, and Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston.

Saban Films continues to be active in the acquisition and distribution space, since launching in 2014. The company most recently landed Ludwig and Paul Shammasian’s “Romans” starring Orlando Bloom.