It’s been a long, exasperating odyssey for director Luis Prieto’s thriller, Kidnap. The Halle Berry-led film was once housed at Relativity and remained stagnant despite planting several release dates since October of 2015 with this March’s date failing to hold together as the studio drowned in mostly negative press in the last few years regarding their financial recovery.
So what now? Well with Cannes looming, Paramount Classics and Fox Searchlight’s own David Dinerstein is launching his own distribution outlet with Aviron Pictures as they set out to the festival to acquire titles while ramping up their staff. As for Kidnap, the long-awaited action thriller is first on their list of current and forthcoming acquisitions with a release date now stamped for August 4, 2017.
Berry produced the film as well as leads the cast for the riveting story of a dauntless mother hot on the tail of a mysterious abductor who takes her young son in broad daylight. Knate Lee wrote the screenplay with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam, and Joey Tufaro, Gregory Chou, and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas also producing.
“Kidnap is a film we really believe in,” says Dinerstein who took all U.S. rights to the Luis Prieto-directed thriller.
“The executives at Aviron have been passionate, treated us as collaborators, and demonstrated real outside-of-the-box thinking,” said producers di Bonaventura and Berry in a statement. “We know Kidnap is in very capable hands.”
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