CANNES NEWS: A Raft of International Sales Closed on Shogun Films’ Elevated Revenge Thriller RENEGADES!

By: John M jerva

More news coming out of last week’s Cannes Film Market as Shogun Films has locked and loaded several distribution deals for their upcoming action-thriller Renegades. As reported weeks back, Renegades is just one of several high-profile indie action films to emerge on the newly formed distribution company’s slate. This one is definitely ambitious as the movie stars several action genre notables such as Nick Moran (Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels), Lee Majors (The Fall Guy) and Danny Trejo (Machete). Shogun Films has been busy amping up word of mouth for the movie which centers on a band of former spec ops soldiers who rally together when one of their own is savagely murdered. Judging from the images released thus far, this one looks to be a fine entry to scratch the itch for genre fans looking for some hardcore action. Check out the official press release below including newly released pics from the movie.

Leading international sales agency Bleiberg/Dimbort has announced a number of sales on Renegades, the elevated revenge thriller directed by Daniel Zirilli and starring Nick Moran (Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels), Lee Majors (The Fall Guy) and Danny Trejo (Machete). Territories sold include North America (Saban), Spirit Media (German-speaking territories), Eagle Films (Middle East), Daro (English-speaking Africa), New Select (Japan), Lumix (South Korea), Mediasquad (Eastern Europe) and Nos Lusomundo (Portugal).

In Renegades, when a veteran Green Beret is murdered in cold blood by a drugs gang that has been threatening his daughter, his old special forces comrades band together to seek revenge, dispensing their own brand of justice on the mean streets of London.

The film also stars Louis Mandylor (Debt Collectors), Patsy Kensit (Lethal Weapon 2), Ian Ogilvy (We Still Kill The Old Way), Billy Murray (Rise of the Footsoldier), Paul Barber (The Full Monty), Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott (Nemesis), Michael Paré (Streets of Fire), Stephanie Beacham (Dynasty), Michael Brandon (Dempsey & Makepeace) and, in one of his last appearances, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister (The Fifth Element).

Producer Jonathan Sothcott commented “Renegades delivers on every level for audiences, with a wonderful cast of beloved veteran actors, high octane action sequences and a clever, witty script that elevates it above the standard ‘bang bang’ fare. We believe we have an instant cult movie and are already developing a sequel.”

Shogun Films’ next project with Daniel Zirilli is contained US action siege thriller Crossfire, written by Chad Law and Josh Ridgway, currently in pre-production with cast to be announced soon, followed by Crackdown, which sees an unconventional US lawman teaming up with a cynical Scotland Yard detective to bring down a ruthless European drugs gang. 

Also on the slate for international action specialists Shogun is a fast-paced cyborg actioner Nexus to be directed by Ben Mole, vigilante thrillers The Star Chamber and Old Scores, again directed by Daniel Zirilli, a female revenge film written by Josh Ridgway and directed by Reg Traviss and a Chicago-set remake of cult 2014 British thriller We Still Kill The Old Way with old mob bosses coming out of retirement to clean up the streets. Sothcott commented “Renegades is our first step towards Shogun becoming the market leader for quality international genre films in the UK and Western Europe. We want to become the natural home for filmmakers who love unapologetically commercial action movies for which there remains a huge, surprisingly underserved market.”

Renegades will arrive on screens later this year.

With distribution locked down, expect more details to emerge in the coming weeks on Renegades including first look footage and release date info. Keep it locked and loaded right here for more to follow as we are your destination for everything action! Accept no substitutes!

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