The first few stills are now out for Neil Marshall’s new action thriller, Duchess. Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to the pic for a 2024 release, as announced on Thursday by Palisades Park Pictures CEO, Tamara Birkemoe.
Starring Charlotte Kirk who also penned the pic with Marshall, Duchess follows no-nonsense Scarlett Monaghan (Kirk) and her rise from a working-class petty criminal to becoming a ruthless organized crime leader in the seedy underbelly of the diamond smuggling circuit of Tenerife.
Also starring are Philip Winchester (”Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Sean Pertwee (Fox’s “Gotham,” Event Horizon), Colm Meaney (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Con Air with Nicolas Cage) and Stephanie Beacham (“Dynasty,” “The Colbys”).
Emily Corcoran produced the film for Cork Films next to Kristyna Sellnerova. Joe Simpson is exec producer alongside Simon Williams, Jonathan Bross and Matthew E. Chausse of Ashland Hill Media Finance, and Norman Merry and Peter Hampden of Lip Sync, as well as Jon Dean, Phil Rymer, Seth Sklar, Colin Egglesfield, Giada Falzoni, and Kirk and Marshall.
U.S. rights were negotiated by Palisades’ Birkemoe with Stephen Break on behalf of Saban Films.
Palisades Park has additionally closed key international territories on the thriller with Vertigo Films for the UK, Amazon for Benelux, Videomite for Turkey, Selim Ramia & Co for the Middle East, Cinemundo for Portugal, Premiere 9 Entertainment LLP for India, Myndform for Iceland, Daro Film Distribution for Central Eastern Europe, M-Net for South Africa and Top Film Distribution for Ukraine.
“We are delighted to be working with Saban Films and some of the top independent distributors on this action-packed crime-thriller directed by the talented Neil Marshall,” said Birkemoe. “We are excited to screen it at the AFM and to roll out the release next year.”
Other significant feature titles on the Palisades Park sales slate include That’s Amore! starring John Travolta, Katherine Heigl and Christopher Walken, written and to be directed by Academy Award-winner Nick Vallelonga, and Philip Noyce’s action-adventure Fast Charlie starring Pierce Brosnan, Morena Baccarin and James Caan.
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