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Magnet Releasing has snatched up the US distribution rights to Jason Eisener’s exploitation revenge film “Hobo With A Shotgun”, starring Rutger Hauer as, you guessed it, a hobo with a shotgun. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month, and the company plans to release it in 2011. Eisener originally made “Hobo With A Shotgun” as a short for a contest at SXSW that challenged young filmmakers to create a fake trailer similar to those that accompanied the Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s “Grindhouse”. And now, thankfully, it is a full-length motion picture.
A train pulls into its final station and a Hobo hops from a freight car. He has dreams of a fresh life in a new city, but finds himself trapped in an urban hell instead. A city where criminals rule the streets, landlords evict single mothers in the middle of the night, and where the city’s crime boss, The Drake, reigns supreme with his sadistic, homeless-killing sons, Slick & Ivan. Through the chaos, the Hobo comes across a shop window displaying a second hand lawn mower and a shotgun, and decides it’s time to cut the grass, make the city beautiful and start a new way of life. But after witnessing the brutality that encompasses this city, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this place is with a gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber.
Magnet is the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, and has built themselves a nice little cadre of awesome looking soon-to-be-released films, including, but not limited to, martial arts epic “Ong Bak 3”, giant hog movie “Chawz”, Kim Ji-woon’s “I Saw the Devil”, Takeshi Miike’s “13 Assassins”, and “Troll Hunter”, which, let’s face it, is already called “Troll Hunter”, so what else needs to be said about it? “Hobo With A Shotgun” is a fitting addition to this family. Magnet executive Tom Quinn called the movie, “Pure blood-drunk, bat-shit-crazy fun.” That’s a ringing endorsement if I’ve ever heard one.
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