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January 6, 2009 4:55 AM
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Magnet Goes "Mutant" in the U.S.

Simon Hunter's sci-fi/action film, "Mutant Chronicles" has been picked up for the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures' genre label, Magnet Releasing as part of the Wagner/Cuban Companies' "Ultra VOD" program. "Mutant" will premiere on VOD on Friday, March 27, followed by a theatrical release in select cities on Friday, April 24, according to the company. Magnet/Magnolia's SVP Tom Quinn and head of business affairs, Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media which represented the filmmakers. The film is described by the company as "set in the year 2707, on an unrecognizable Earth where a war is raging between four giant corporations who control the planet as they battle over the planet's dwindling resources. This war is soon rendered irrelevant when an errant bomb shatters an ancient buried seal, releasing a horrific mutant army from its prison deep within the earth. As the mutant scourge threatens human extinction, a squad of ragged soldiers, led by Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane), descends into the earth in a last ditch effort to destroy the mutants and save mankind." "'Mutant Chronicles' is a blast," commented Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "It's an action-packed thriller with a dynamite cast and very impressive production values. We're thrilled to add it to Magnet's slate of quality genre pictures."

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