XYZ to Produce and Handle Sales on Chilean Martial Arts Film REDEEMER
XYZ Films has announced that they will be executive producing and handling sales for the Spanish-language martial arts actioner REDEEMER (Redentor), which is headlined by Chilean action star Marko Zaror. Written and directed by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, the film marks the fourth time that Espinoza and Zaror have worked together since 2006. It was produced by Espinoza, Zaror and Diego Moral Heimpell and is executive produced by XYZ Films. The film will begin principal photography on March 24th in Chile.
Former hitman Nicky Pardo (Zaror) has made a deal with God. Pardo will begin every day by holding a gun to his own head and pulling the trigger. And every day he does not die he will take it as a sign that he is meant to continue hunting down the men he used to work for.
Zaror has most recently been seen working in English opposite Scott Adkins (EXPENDABLES 2) as the principal villain in UNDISPUTED 3, and as Mel Gibson's primary henchman in MACHETE KILLS. He is a highly trained martial artist across multiple disciplines who - like Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen and Iko Uwais - performs all of his own fight and stunt work without the use of any wires or CGI tricks. Zaror's big break came when he was hired as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's body / stunt double on Peter Berg's THE RUNDOWN, for which he won multiple stunt awards. He then returned to Chile where he and Espinoza collaborated on KILTRO, the first martial arts film ever produced in all of South America.
Espinoza most recently handled editing duties on Eli Roth's Toronto festival title THE GREEN INFERNO. Apart from his work with Zaror, Espinoza was also included as a director on THE ABCs OF DEATH ANTHOLOGY and directed the festival hit BRING ME THE HEAD OF THE MACHINE GUN WOMAN.
XYZ executive produced and handled international sales on the hit action film THE RAID: REDEMPTION, which SPWA acquired and was released in the U.S. last year by Sony Pictures Classics. XYZ Films produced and is handling world sales on the sequel THE RAID 2, which SPWA also picked-up and Sony Pictures Classics is releasing in the U.S. on March 28th.
XYZ Films is handling international sales on several titles that recently premiered at Sundance including the competition film LIFE AFTER BETH, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser; the Sundance Park City at Midnight title KILLERS, which was co-directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (The Mo Brothers); and the horror film DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD, which XYZ executive produced. They are also handling foreign sales on Kevin Smith's highly anticipated horror film TUSK, which is scheduled to be released later this year by A24. SPWA has also taken multiple territories on TUSK, including the United Kingdom, Italy and Latin America.
About XYZ Films:
XYZ FILMS is an LA-based film production and sales company founded in 2008 by Bolotin, Spicer and Tertzakian, with partner Todd Brown joining the company in 2009.