Highland Film Group's US Distribution Arm, The Avenue to Release New Heist Thriller "The Misfits" In Alliance with Paramount Pictures

Los Angeles • March 2021


Starring Pierce Brosnan, Nick Cannon, Tim Roth, Jamie Chung, Mike Angelo, Rami Jaber And Hermione Corfield

Highland Film Group announced today that the company has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the new action heist thriller The Misfits, directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Skip Trace) from a story by Robert Henny and screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Robert Henny, and will distribute the movie in the US through The Avenue’s banner in partnership with Paramount Pictures. The all-star cast is led by Golden Globe nominee Pierce Brosnan (007 franchise, Mamma Mia!), Emmy Award nominee Nick Cannon (Drumline, Bobby), Jamie Chung (Marvel’s “The Gifted,” The Hangover franchise), Academy Award® nominee Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, Selma), Hermione Corfield (Star Wars Episode VIII, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation) Rami Jaber (Tough Love) and Mike Angelo (Surprise, Mr Pride vs Miss Prejudice.) Principal photography was completed in Abu Dhabi prior to the pandemic.

JJ Caruth, President of Domestic Marketing & Distribution of The Avenue announced that the domestic theatrical release is planned for Summer this year as a joint release with Paramount Pictures, which will also handle Blu-ray™, DVD, VOD, and Digital rights.

Highland Film Group is handling international rights for the film.

Richard Pace (Pierce Brosnan) is a world-renowned thief who only steals from those who have insurance. After breaking out of a high-security prison built by a rogue businessman Schultz (Tim Roth), he’s on the radar of a band of modern-day Robin Hoods, The Misfits, led by the eccentric and charismatic Ringo (Nick Cannon), who offer him a plan to get rid of Schultz by performing an incredible heist that will not only change Pace’s destiny but also save thousands of innocent lives.

"The Misfits is a breath of fresh air! We were hooked to the screen of this super entertaining heist thriller full of action twists and a lavish vibe. Pierce Brosnan’s performance is absolutely perfect," said Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser. "We are thrilled with the market response the film had at the European Film Market. International buyers enjoyed screening The Misfits for all the reasons we did, and we are excited to deliver to them a very commercial completed film," continued Highland Film Group COO Delphine Perrier.

The Misfits marks the second film to be domestically released by The Avenue, following a successful release of the actioner Jiu Jitsu. We are excited to release this fun heist thriller in the US and are certain that audiences will have a blast watching. The exotic scenes and locations, the brilliant performances by Pierce Brosnan, Nick Cannon, Jamie Chung, and the rest of the cast, as well as the thrilling execution of the heist, are the perfect ingredients to make this one of the most entertaining films of the year,” said Caruth.

The Misfits is produced by Kia Jam (Lucky Number Slevin, Sin City 2: A Dame to Die For), Dean Altit (Realms) and Mansoor Al Dhaheri (The Platform) and executive produced by Rami Jaber, Lee Dreyfuss, Qais Qandil, Jalal Abu Sameer, Pierce Brosnan, Petr Jákl, Martin J. Barab, Arianne Fraser, Delphine Perrier and JJ Caruth. Jam's Los Angeles-based film company K Jam Media is the lead production banner behind the project and Mansoor’s company, Filmgate, financed the production. Highland Film Group's diversified production and sales slate includes Edward Drake’s Gasoline Alley, starring Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson, and Devon Sawa; Herbert James Winterstern’ Supercell, starring Alec Baldwin; Renny Harlin's Refuge; Mark Neveldine's Panama starring Cole Hauser and Mel Gibson; Andrew Baird's One Way starring Colson' Machine Gun Kelly' Baker, Travis Fimmel, and Kevin Bacon; Louise Linton's Me You Madness, starring Ed Westwick and Linton.

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ABOUT HIGHLAND FILM GROUP

Led by founding partners Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, Highland Film Group (HFG) is an independent worldwide sale, film financing, production and distribution company. Launched in 2010, HFG has had success across a wide range of film genres and platforms, building a reputation for handling high-octane films in the action/thriller/horror space, focusing on cast, director, film maker driven content.

Highland Film Group’s diversified production and sales slate includes: Mark Neveldine’s Panama starring Cole Hauser and Mel Gibson; Randall Emmett’s Wash Me In The River starring Robert De Niro, Jack Huston and John Malkovich; Michael Polish’s Axis Sally starring Al Pacino; Andrew Baird’s One Way starring Colson ‘Machine Gun Kelly’ Baker, Travis Fimmel, and Kevin Bacon; John D. Eraklis’ Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk with the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Howie Mandel; Randall Emmett’s Midnight in the Switchgrass starring Bruce Willis, Megan Fox, and Emile Hirsch; The Tiger Rising starring Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid; Andrew Baird’s Zone 414 starring Guy Pearce, Matilda Lutz and Travis Fimmel; Louise Linton’s Me You Madness, starring Ed Westwick and Linton; Neil Marshall’s The Reckoning released in the US in February 2021; Skylin3s, the third chapter of the successful franchise released in the US in December 2020, starring Lindsey Morgan; Dimitri Logothetis’ Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage, Tony Jaa and Frank Grillo released in the US in November 2020; and Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s Becky starring Lulu Wilson, Kevin James and Joel McHale released in the US in June 2020.

Previous titles include: Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo; Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; Scott Mann’s Final Score starring Dave Bautista, and Pierce Brosnan; Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, and Jenna Dewan Tatum; Vaughn Stein’s Terminal starring Margot Robbie.

ABOUT THE AVENUE

Launched in 2020, The Avenue is HFG’s US distribution division and handles all aspects of distribution, from theatrical through home entertainment to television/SVOD. The Avenue is dedicated to partnering with filmmakers and leading them into innovative ways of marketing and distribution so their stories can reach the widest audience. The Avenue has also signed an agreement with Paramount Home Entertainment to handle Blu-ray™, DVD, VOD, and Digital distribution. Films released under The Avenue label will be a combination of film titles from Highland Film Group as well as third party acquisitions.

The first feature film title released under the new stand-alone distribution banner is the martial arts sci-fi film Jiu Jitsu starring Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) and Frank Grillo (Boss Level, Avengers: Endgame). The film was released in November 2020.