It's a good thing I am not a betting man because I would have lost this one. I would have thought for sure after last September's enthusiastic reception of Mandrill, the third film with martial artist Marko Zaror and director Ernesto Diaz Espinnoza, at Fantastic Fest and its win during the awards ceremony that Magnet Releasing would have snatched it up for a multi platform release here in North America. After all, they've got Kiltro and Mirageman in their fold. Why not go for the hat trick?
Fret no more friends because they've finally pulled the trigger so to speak and added Mandrill to their roster! Finally! Press release after the break!
Magnet Releasing Takes the World on Marko "the Latin Dragon" Zaror Action Flick, MANDRILL
Cannes - May 14, 2010 - The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired world rights to MANDRILL, the thrilling new action film directed by Ernesto Espinoza and starring Marko "the Latin Dragon" Zaror. Zaror is a phenomenal talent from Chile who is making a big splash in the international martial arts scene, and just cinched the Best Rising Action star award at ActionFest 2010 in Asheville, NC. Winner of the Best Picture award at Fantastic Fest 2009, MANDRILL is from the same team behind cult favorites KILTRO and MIRAGEMAN, also distributed by Magnet Releasing, and tells the story of a master assassin (Zaror) hell bent on avenging the murder of his parents.
"Ernesto and Marko deliver the goods once again. MANDRILL is tons of action filled fun. Mind blowing fights that need to be seen to be believed," said Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn.
"Zaror continues to deliver phenomenal martial arts combined with great acting," said producer Derek Rundell. "Ernesto once again created an action packed adventure that's funny and cool. We are thrilled that Magnolia continues to believes and help us crossover into the international marketplace."
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