In the wake of rumored financial troubles at original distributor Alchemy, A24 has today picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Ben Wheatley’s much-anticipated new feature, “Free Fire.” The film was originally set to be released by Alchemy, who grabbed the rights to it in November.
The film stars Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley and Noah Taylor. Per its official synopsis, it “centers around an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Justine (Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.”
“Free Fire” was co-written by Amy Jump and Wheatley and produced by Andrew Starke. Additional executive producers include Martin Scorsese, Sikelia’s Emma Tillinger-Koskoff, Reno Antoniades, Film4’s David Kosse and Sam Lavender, and Ben Roberts and Lizzie Francke from the British Film Institute.
Of the pickup, A24 said, “We’re thrilled to be working on ‘Free Fire’ — Ben Wheatley is one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers out there, and we have no doubt he will brilliantly orchestrate this story’s electrifying mayhem. This promises to be both one of the most accomplished and one of the most fun movies of the next year, and we’re excited to bring it to a wide audience.”
There is no word yet on an official release date.
You can watch a trailer for Wheatley’s upcoming release, “High-Rise,” up above.