If you’ve seen the trailer, then you’ll understand why everyone is falling over themselves about director Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore. If you haven’t seen the trailer, then correct yourself right now and take a look below.
Hardocre is the first film to be completely shot as a first person POV, and it looks utterly insane. Variety report that the film has sold for a very large amount of money at the Toronto International Film Festival.
STX Entertainment has bought worldwide rights to Ilya Naishuller’s science-fiction action movie “Hardcore” for at least $10 million.
It’s one of the biggest deals at the Toronto Film Festival, with multiple offers following its Sept. 13 world premiere in the Midnight Madness section.
“Hardcore” — shot from the point of view of the protagonist — sparked elevated interest with Universal and Lionsgate in the early stages, with bidding reaching $10 million as of late Thursday.
The deal includes a commitment for at least 1,000 screens in its U.S. release by year-old STX, which has been ramping up its release slate in order to fill in the gap in mid-budget fare.
Hardcore stars Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusa, and Sveta Ustinova. Timur Bekmambetov, writer/director Ilya Naishuller, Inga Vainshtein Smith, and Ekaterina Kononeko produce. Executive producers include Copley, Will Stewart, Karina Sinonenko, Alex A. Ginzburg, and Tony Lee with co-exec producer Mitch Grobman.
Resurrected with no recollection of his past, a cyborg named Henry (the audience’s POV) and his ally, Jimmy (Sharlto Copley, District 9), must fight through the streets of Moscow in pursuit of Henry’s kidnapped wife in the world’s first action-adventure film to be entirely shot from the first-person perspective.