Magnet Picks Up Distribution Rights For Hobo With A Shotgun

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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 Eisener originally made “Hobo With A Shotgun” as a short for a contest at SXSW that challenged young filmmakers to create a fake trailer similar to those that accompanied the Robert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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Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight