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Magnet Takes Marshall's "Centurion"

Michael Fassbender in a scene from Neil Marshall's "Centurion." Image courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to "Centurion," an "epic sword and sandal thrill ride" from filmmaker Neil Marshall ("The Descent"), starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, David Morrissey, and Olga Kurylenko.

Magnet is launching "Centurion" as the sixth entry in the second "Six Shooter Film Series," a collection of "the most exciting contemporary worldwide action films" which has so far also included "Bronson," "Red Cliff," "Ong Bak 2," "District 13: Ultimatum" and "The Warlords." A summer 2010 theatrical release is planned.

"'Centurion' is a blood drenched masterpiece," said Magnolia/Magnet SVP Tom Quinn in a statement. "Neil has made an action movie that delivers on every level, and fans are going to go wild for it. There couldn't be a better film to wrap up the 'Six Shooter' series."

Director Marshall added: "I'm incredibly happy that 'Centurion' has found a home of such quality and prestige, and amongst such high caliber company too! I look forward to collaborating with Tom and everyone at Magnolia on the forthcoming US release. If history is written in blood, then 'Centurion' is hardcore history - bloody and brutal!"

The film is set during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen during the 2nd century Roman conquest of Britain, with Fassbender starring as Quintus Dias, Roman centurion and son of a legendary gladiator who leads a group of soldiers on a raid of a Pict camp to rescue a captured general (West). It is a Pathe Productions presentation in association with the UK Film Council of a Celador Films Production of A Film by Neil Marshall.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia/Magnet's Quinn with Mike Runagall of Pathe International.

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