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June 16, 2011 4:32 AM
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Relativity Will Release Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire"

Relativity Media will handle the North American distribution of Steven Soderbergh's action thriller "Haywire," starring martial arts superstar Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Antonio Banderas. Relativity also dated the film: January 20, 2012

Relativity is the film's financier and producer, but it had previously intended to release the film through Lionsgate. Now that Relativity has its own distribution arm, they'll do it themselves. Lionsgate’s Mandate International is still handling foreign rights.

According to reports, Relativity also made a similar deal for its production "Machine Gun Preacher," directed by Marc Forster. The film stars Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Madeline Carroll and Kathy Baker.

As for "Haywire," Relativity describes it as "an electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal, a female covert ops specialist (Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency."

Full release below:

Relativity to Release Haywire

Studio Dates Soderbergh Thriller on 1/20/12

(Beverly Hills, CA) June 15, 2011 – Relativity Media announced today that it has retained North American rights to theatrically market and distribute its action-thriller Haywire, directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic). The film is set for a January 20, 2012 wide release.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano (American Gladiators) makes her feature film debut, starring and performing her own high-adrenaline stunts. The film’s talented cast also includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Bill Paxton (Titanic), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous).

In Haywire, an electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal, a female covert ops specialist (Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency. The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs (Ocean’s Trilogy) and written by Lem Dobbs (The Limey).

The film was previously set to release through Lionsgate, a distribution partner before Relativity structured its own distribution arm. Lionsgate’s Mandate International is handling foreign rights.

“We are honored to be working with Steven Soderbergh on this project. This film is full of amazing action sequences, and with a sophistication only Soderbergh can deliver,” said Relativity’s President of Worldwide Production, Tucker Tooley. “We’re very excited to add our picture to Relativity’s 2012 slate. We’re looking forward to working with our partners at Lionsgate on the release internationally.”

Looking ahead, Relativity will release David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D on September 2, 2011 and then the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11, 2011, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and Kellan Lutz with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. The studio is in production on its Untitled Snow White Project (in theatres March 16, 2012), starring Lily Collins as Snow White, Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. Relativity’s expansive 2012 slate also includes its House at the End of the Street (in theatres February 3, 2012), Untitled Raven Project (in theatres March 9, 2012), Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Project (in theatres April 13, 2012), Safe Haven (in theatres June 1, 2012) and Hunter Killer (in theatres December 21, 2012). The studio recently announced the groundbreaking action-thriller Act of Valor will join its 2012 slate, with an exact date to be announced.

[Dana Harris contributed to this article]

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  • robertperrin | July 8, 2011 9:22 AMReply

    Haywire focuses around a plot where Covert Operative, Mallory Kane, played by Carano, is betrayed while on a mission in Barcelona. http://bit.ly/oHUf1z