By a Front Row Features Staff Reporter
RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment, has acquired all North American rights to “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” starring Vince Vaughn (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), Marc Blucas (“Underground”), Udo Kier (“Blade”) and Don Johnson (“Django Unchained”).
A former boxer named Bradley (Vaughn) loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to end. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.
Following a collaboration on the critically acclaimed western “Bone Tomahawk,” RLJE Films, writer/director S. Craig Zahler, producers Jack Heller from Assemble Media and Dallas Sonnier from Cinestate, unite with IMG Films, on this action-packed film. Los Angeles-based XYZ Films will handle foreign sales and serve as executive producers on the project.
The film will make its world premiere at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival, which starts later this month, and will subsequently screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest. RLJE Films plans to release “Brawl in Cell Block 99” in theaters on Oct. 6.
Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Sonnier, Heller, and WME on behalf of the filmmakers.