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Relativity Will Release Soderbergh's Haywire After All; First Look at Gina Carano (UPDATE)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 15, 2011 at 12:23PM

Relativity Media, Ryan Kavanaugh's new production and distribution company, will release Steven Soderbergh's espionage thriller Haywire (pictured above, star Gina Carano) after all, on January 20, 2012.
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Relativity Media, Ryan Kavanaugh's new production and distribution company, will release Steven Soderbergh's espionage thriller Haywire (pictured above, star Gina Carano) after all, on January 20, 2012.

The film had been caught in a release quagmire; it was financed by Relativity but acquired for North American release by Lionsgate. (Relativity also bought back North American rights to Season of the Witch, as well as college party flick Take Me Home Tonight, starring Anna Faris, and Neil Burger’s smart-drug thriller Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, to help fill its hungry pipeline.)

UPDATE: Deadline's Mike Fleming spoke to Soderbergh, who's glad the film will come out after the film he shot after it, Contagion, because he'll be able to talk it up more. And yes, he still plans to retire by age 50.

Haywire is a gritty spy thriller written by Lem Dobbs (The Limey) and starring mixed martial arts star and film rookie Gina Carano (American Gladiators) as a covert ops soldier on a revenge mission, with a great supporting cast including Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, a bearded Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, Michael Angarano and Mathieu Kassovitz. Someone who saw the movie wrote me: “Haywire is pretty fine. Very much like John Huston in his Kremlin Letter/Mackintosh Man period.” McGregor is playing in essence Erik Prince, added my informant, who also admired David Holmes’ “way cool” score.

The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs. Lionsgate’s Mandate International is handling foreign rights.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Independents, In Production, Steven Soderbergh, Thriller, Action, Lionsgate/Roadside, Relativity


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.