Lionsgate has acquired worldwide rights to The Killer's Game, based on Jay Bonansinga's novel. Deadline reported that the film, starring Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3) and directed by JJ Perry (Day Shift), is launching sales at the Cannes Film Festival. Rand Ravich and Simon Kinberg (X-Men series) wrote the film, with James Coyne handling recent rewrites. Additional casting is underway, with production set to kick off this summer.
"We are so thrilled to be making The Killer's Game with Lionsgate and Endurance," said producer Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance. "We have searched far and wide and we finally found the perfect Joe Flood in Dave Bautista, who balances compelling action and incredible comic timing better than anyone else. And with JJ Perry at the helm, we know this film will deliver the kind of wholly original and unique action that global audiences crave."