By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
If you've seen the trailer for Defendor then you already knew some big(ger) studio was going to acquire the film during its run at TIFF. Sony Pictures stepped up, and agreed to a seven figure deal for all U.S. rights with most of Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Defendor Acquired by Sony
What Sony didn't purchase were the distribution rights in Canada, which has fallen on Alliance Films. If you haven't heard of Defendor, you should shortly. To get you briefed, check out the synopsis below:
When night falls and danger emerges from the shadows of Hammer Town's alleyways, Defendor is the only man who stands between us and the drug-ravaged streets. He is the last bastion of decency, the last honorable man: he is Defendor! But he is also Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson), a simple man who lives in the workshop of the construction company that employs him to hold traffic signs. Arthur is a self-made superhero who runs afoul of the law when he lays a beating on an undercover cop, Chuck Dooney (Elias Koteas), who was abusing a young prostitute named Kat (Kat Dennings). Always the hero, Arthur takes Kat to his secret hideout hoping she can help him find his arch-nemesis, the diabolical Captain Industry. Mistakenly convinced that Captain Industry killed his mother, Arthur has made it his mission to track down this enemy at all costs. But in order to do so, he must first overcome his most difficult challenge ever: convincing the court-appointed psychiatrist Dr. Park (Sandra Oh) that he's sane enough to be on the streets.
Woody Harrelson, who has been on an incredible roll of late, looks terrific as the title character.