Magnet Acquires 13 Assassins


The folks over at Magnet Releasing have been busy little beavers lately, having recently acquired the rights to a load of interesting titles. Their queue of upcoming films includes the comically renamed “Chawz”, the latest Korean all-star serial killer joint “I Saw the Devil”, and “Ong Bak 3”, which everyone hopes will be better than “Ong Bak 2”.

That’s a solid list. And now they’ve added Takeshi Miike’s samurai remake “13 Assassins” to their roster. The film premiered earlier this year in Venice, and also played at Fantastic Fest and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Based on the 1963 film of the same name, “Assassins,” set in Japan in 1844, centers on a samurai (played by Koji Yakusho) who brings together a baker’s dozen of killers to assassinate the shogun’s brother.

Magnet, the genre offshoot of Magnolia Pictures, will unleash “13 Assassins” in the US in early 2011. There is no word about the scope and scale of the release, but given Maget’s MO, it will likely be a limited theatrical run followed closely by the DVD and Blu-ray.