Relativity Media, Ryan Kavanaugh’s new production and distribution company, will release Steven Soderbergh’s espionage thriller Haywire (pictured above, star Gina Carano) after all, on January 20, 2012.
The film had been caught in a release quagmire; it was financed by Relativity but acquired for North American release by Lionsgate. (Relativity also bought back North American rights to Season of the Witch, as well as college party flick Take Me Home Tonight, starring Anna Faris, and Neil Burger’s smart-drug thriller Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, to help fill its hungry pipeline.)
UPDATE: Deadline’s Mike Fleming spoke to Soderbergh, who’s glad the film will come out after the film he shot after it, Contagion, because he’ll be able to talk it up more. And yes, he still plans to retire by age 50.
Haywire is a gritty spy thriller written by Lem Dobbs (The Limey) and starring mixed martial arts star and film rookie Gina Carano (American Gladiators) as a covert ops soldier on a revenge mission, with a great supporting cast including Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, a bearded Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, Michael Angarano and Mathieu Kassovitz. Someone who saw the movie wrote me: “Haywire is pretty fine. Very much like John Huston in his Kremlin Letter/Mackintosh Man period.” McGregor is playing in essence Erik Prince, added my informant, who also admired David Holmes’ “way cool” score.
The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs. Lionsgate’s Mandate International is handling foreign rights.