Scott Mann’s The Tournament to Open Screamfest

Scott Mann’s “The Tournament” reminds me a lot of those drive-by action films from the ’80s and ’90s, where the story is really just a flimsy excuse to throw an endless barrage of action sequences at the audience and, in general, blow shit up. Hey, not that that’s a bad thing. Word from THR is that Mann’s “The Tournament” will open the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, though I’m not sure it exactly qualifies as horror, but eh, genre lines, who cares anymore, right?

The film, which was finished a while ago, since I’ve been keeping track of it for the last few years, doesn’t currently have a North American distributor, and the hope is that the film’s premiere at Screamfest will elicit an offer to distribute. The filmmakers are hoping for a “Kick Ass” effect, where the Matthew Vaughn film, which was without a distributor due to its controversial content, made a huge splash at Comic Con earlier this year, resulting in a number of studios fighting to buy it.

Here’s the plot of the film in case you don’t know:

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world’s deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag.

Basically, lots of people with guns running around shooting each other and blowing shit up.

Starring Ian Somerhalder, Robert Carlyle, Ving Rhames, Kelly Hu, Scott Adkins, Liam Cunningham, John Lynch, Andy Nyman, Bashar Rahal, Craig Conway , Iddo Goldberg, and Rachel Grant.

For those in the area, Screamfest will run October 16 through 25, and take place at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Check out the full trailer for “The Tournament” below.