EXCLUSIVE: Saban Films has set the U.S. release date for Knox Goes Away, the thriller marking Michael Keaton’s second feature behind the camera, in which he also stars opposite Al Pacino, James Marsden, Marcia Gay Harden and more. Pic will bow exclusively in theaters nationwide on March 15, having launched out of last year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Scripted by Gregory Poirier (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Knox Goes Away has Keaton playing John Knox, a hit man attempting to make amends before his recently discovered dementia takes over. Aided by a trusted friend (Pacino) with his own shady past, Knox races against the police — and his own rapidly deteriorating mind — to save his estranged son (Marsden) from a vengeance-fueled mistake and “cash out” before it’s too late.
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Also starring in the pic are Suzy Nakamura, John Hoogenakker, Joanna Kulig, Ray McKinnon and Lela Loren. In addition to Keaton, producers included Brookstreet’s Trevor Matthews and Nick Gordon, as well as Sugar23’s Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta. Exec producers include Jonathan Saba, Carter Stanton, Jillian Kay, Nick Blasko, Wayne Carmona, David Gendron, Michael Hansen, Nate Holthouser, Andy Huang, Ali Jazayeri, Scott Lake, Eric London, Donald Povieng, Dina Randazzo, Ronald Richardson and Viviana Zarragoitia. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international rights.
Keaton’s first feature was the 2008 crime thriller The Merry Gentleman, in which he starred opposite Kelly Macdonald and Bobby Cannavale. Most recently portraying Bruce Wayne aka Batman in Warner Bros/DC’s The Flash, the Oscar nominee will soon be seen reprising one of his most iconic roles in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice 2. Also set to appear in the dramedy Goodrich with Mila Kunis, Andie MacDowell and Carmen Ejogo, his newest directorial effort will open against Mark Wahlberg pic Arthur the King, the Rita Moreno-led The Prank, Focus Features’ satire The American Society of American Negroes, and A24’s Love Lies Bleeding, among other titles.
New key art for Knox Goes Away can be found above.
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