Saban Films takes Gerard Butler thriller Keepers
Film acquisition and distribution company Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kristoffer Nyholm’s Keepers, starring Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, Hunter Killer), Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake, Children of Men), and Connor Swindells. The thriller was produced by Andy Evans, Ade Shannon, and Sean Marley for Mad As Birds Films, Butler and Alan Siegel for G-BASE, and Jason Seagraves and Maurice Fadida.
Written by Joe Bone and Celyn Jones, and inspired by the Flannan Isle mystery, Keepers tells the story of three lighthouse keepers arriving on a remote, uninhabited island for a six-week shift, who discover something potentially life-changing that isn’t theirs to keep. Soon the three are locked in a tense battle for survival, fed by isolation and paranoia, as personal greed replaces loyalty.
“Gerard brings a charm and tact to the grittiness of this action-packed film,” said Saban Films CEO Bill Bromiley. “Keepers is full of tension, allure, and suspense. We absolutely love it.”
Phil Hunt and Compton Ross served as executive producers alongside Brian Oliver of Cross Creek Pictures, Danielle Robinson for G-BASE and Mickey Gooch and D.G. Guyer of Kodiak Pictures. Kodiak financed the film with Head Gear and Creative Scotland. Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films, with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures is representing international rights.
Earlier this year, Saban Films bought Craig William Macneill’s racy drama Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, out of the Sundance Film Festival where it premiered in-competition.
Saban Films’ slate includes: Brad Silberling’s war thriller An Ordinary Man, starring Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley; Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old, starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch; Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds, starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; and Alexandros Avranas’ Dark Crimes, starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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