Open Road Films Hits the Target and Acquires U.S. Rights to the Gerard Butler Action Pic KANDAHAR

To say that Gerard Butler’s last outing Last Seen Alive was underwhelming would be quite the understatement. The film was a mediocre telling of a kidnapping with Butler ambling around for most of the screen time before turning into Rambo for the finale. I wasn’t satisfied with the film in the slightest so hopefully Butler, whom I love as an action star, will return to form in his upcoming films he’s got coming in the future.

One project is the action-thriller Kandahar, which sees Butler trying to improvise when his mission goes terribly awry. The film reunites him with director Ric Roman Waugh which also helmed Butler in Angel has Fallen and Greenland.

We have some acquisition news for you today in that Open Road Films who puts out a lot of Butler’s content has acquired the action film for U.S. distribution. The story comes from Deadline who brought the word and a new image accompanied the news also.

Image courtesy of Open Road Films

Kandahar tells the story of Tom Harris (Butler), an undercover CIA operative, stuck deep in hostile territory in Afghanistan. After his mission is exposed, he must fight his way out, alongside his Afghan translator, to an extraction point in Kandahar, all whilst avoiding elite enemy forces and foreign spies tasked with hunting them down.

Butler also produced the film per usual via his G-Base production banner along with Thunder Road, Capstone Studios and MBC Studios.

The movie also stars Navid Negahban (Homeland), Ali Fazal (Victoria & Abdul), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), and Bollywood star Elnaaz Norouzi (Sacred Games).

Mitchell LaFortune penned the screenplay, which comes from his own real life experiences when he was a military intelligence officer when the Snowden leaks occurred. That right there peeks my interest as this is coming from real events. Kandahar is also special as it was was one of the the first U.S. productions to film in the AlUla region which is located in Saudi Arabia.

Kandahar has no official release date yet but it’s said that the movie will hit theatrically sometime in 2023.

Keep it locked and loaded right here for more to come on this and other future Gerard Butler endeavors as we are your destination for everything action in 2022 and beyond!

Source: Deadline

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