XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the edgy, comedic thriller The Mule (read our review) from Entertainment One Films International’s newly launched boutique sales arm Séville International.
The film, written by Saw and Insidious‘ Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson, recently had its world premiere to great acclaim at South by Southwest in March.
XLrator Media will release the film in Fall 2014 on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label.
“It’s 1983. A naive man with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. Alone and afraid, ‘The Mule’ makes a desperate choice; to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence…literally. And by doing so becomes a ‘human time-bomb'; dragging cops, criminals and concerned family into his impossible escapade.”
The Mule stars Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), Angus Sampson (Mad Max: Fury Road, Insidious), Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious), Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings, TV’s “Fringe”) and is directed by Angus Sampson & Tony Mahony. It was produced by Angus Sampson & Jane Liscombe and executive produced by Michele Bennett (Chopper), Leigh Whannell, David Griffiths, Angus Coupland & Troy Lum (The Water Diviner, Saving Mr. Banks).