Showtime and Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment have acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Contractor, directed by Tarik Saleh (The Nile Hilton Incident) and written by J.P. Davis (The Neighbor).
The announcement was made by Kent Sevener, Executive Vice President, Content Acquisition, Showtime Networks Inc. and by Adam Fogelson, Chairman, STXfilms Motion Picture Group.
Chris Pine stars in the action-packed thriller as Special Forces Sergeant James Harper, who is involuntarily discharged from the Army and cut-off from his pension.
In debt, out of options and desperate to provide for his family, Harper contracts with a private underground military force.
When the very first assignment goes awry, the elite soldier finds himself hunted and on the run, caught in a dangerous conspiracy and fighting to stay alive long enough to get home and uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him.
Following a similar collaboration on the comedy Queenpins, this deal will see The Contractor distributed in a limited number of theaters in the U.S. by Paramount with a simultaneous Premium Video-On-Demand release across PVOD platforms.
The film will arrive on Showtime and Paramount+ later in 2022.
The movie was shot on location in the U.S., Germany, and Romania. Thunder Road Film’s Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee (John Wick franchise, Greenland, Sicario) are producing the film, with 30WEST fully financing.
30WEST’s Dan Friedkin, Micah Green, and Dan Steinman are executive producing along with Chris Pine, Jonathan Fuhrman, Tom Lassally, and Josh Bratman. Esther Hornstein of Thunder Road Films is executive producing.
“We are very excited to bring this exceptional film to audiences through multiple platforms so fans can experience it in theaters or at home,” said Sevener.
“With superb filmmaking talent and an outstanding cast, The Contractor delivers a thrilling cinematic experience with an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat story.”
Fogelson added, “We are thrilled to be collaborating once again with the amazing team at Paramount, following our successful collaboration on Queenpins, and our partners at Showtime.
This was an irresistible deal and opportunity for us and our filmmaking partners and will be a win-win for consumers as the film is made available to the biggest audience possible.”