AGC International Secures Huge Presales on ‘Hitman’, ‘The Dating Game’ – Deadline

AGC International, the international sales and distribution arm of Stuart Ford’s independent content studio AGC Studios, has secured a round of pre-sales on Richard Linklater Hitman and Anna Kendrick’s first film The dating gameboth of which will go into production in October.

Hitman has so far sold to Leonine Studios in Germany and Switzerland; SND in France; Sun Distribution in Latin America and Spain; WW Entertainment BV in the Benelux; BIM Distribuzione in Italy; VVS Film in Canada; Scanbox Entertainment in Scandinavia; Paradise/MGN in the Baltic States; Kino Swiat in Poland; Selim Ramia in the Middle East; Our Lusomundo in Portugal; Empire Entertainment in South Africa; United King Film in Israel; Aqua in Turkey; and KCS in the former Yugoslavia.

The dating game sold to Telepool in Germany; Signature Entertainment in the UK and Ireland; Sun Distribution in Latin America, Spain and Portugal; VVS Films in Canada; Lucky Red in Italy; Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand; Mis Label in Scandinavia; AQS in the Czech Republic; Kinowelt in Poland; KCS in former Yugoslavia; GPI in the Baltic States; Empire Entertainment in South Africa; Aqua in Turkey; Selim Ramia in the Middle East; and United King Film in Israel.

AGC’s announcement follows a double bill presentation in Toronto with HitmanLinklater director and star Glenn Powell, as well as The dating gameDirector, producer and star Anna Kendrick. The presentation, overseen by AGC President and CEO Ford, was open to attendees in person, with others able to join remotely.

“At a time when the international theatrical market is still coming back, it’s encouraging to see such strong pre-sales activity on these two exciting projects,” Ford said. “The involvement of talent in Toronto has certainly been a major factor in this strong sales performance and it confirms AGC’s worldview that the international pre-sales model is still effective for smart business projects with bankable talent and that are presented to distributors in the right way and at the right budget levels.

At Linklater Hitman, Powell plays New Orleans’ most wanted hitman. But if you’re paying him to take down a cheating spouse or sadistic boss, you better watch out: he works for the cops. The film, based on real events, co-stars Adria Arjona, with production set in New Orleans. Linklater and Powell adapted the script from a true story plotted in a Texas monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth.

In true story stranger than fiction The dating gameKendrick plays Cheryl Bradshaw, a spinster on the hit ’70s TV show The dating game who chose handsome and funny bachelor number one, Rodney Alcala. But behind Alcala’s charming facade hid a deadly secret: he was a psychopathic serial killer. Kendrick will direct from a screenplay by Ian MacAllister McDonald’s Black List, which will be produced in Vancouver.

Hitman and The dating game continuing a busy year for AGC’s film production and sales divisions. Currently in post-production are Pierre Morel’s action comedy Freelance with John Cena, Alison Brie and Juan Pablo Raba; Chris Pine’s directorial debut pool man in which he stars alongside Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Jennifer Jason Leigh and DeWanda Wise; Christian Ditter’s family comedy The present, with Isla Fisher and Greg Kinnear; Christopher Smith’s Supernatural Thriller Consecration, with Jena Malone and Danny Huston; and Rupert Wyatt desert warriorwith Anthony Mackie, Aiysha Hart and Ben Kingsley, all of which are on track for delivery in 2022 or early 2023.