Lionsgate announced on Monday that it had acquired the worldwide distribution rights to The Killer’s Game and that Dave Bautista will star in the film.

What is The Killer’s Game about?

Based on the novel of the same name by author Jay Bonansinga, The Killer’s Game follows “veteran assassin Joe Flood (Bautista), who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and authorizes a kill on himself to avoid the pain that is destined to follow. After ordering the kill, he finds out that he was misdiagnosed and must then fend off the army of former colleagues trying to kill him.”

The movie will be directed by J.J. Perry, who was most recently behind the camera for Netflix’s action horror comedy movie Day Shift.

The Killer’s Game has been in development for some time, with Bautista actually in talks to star in the movie since 2019. In a statement on the movie, Mad Chance Productions’ Andrew Lazar praised Bautista, calling him “the perfect Joe Flood.”

“We are so thrilled to be making The Killer’s Game with Lionsgate and Endurance,” says producer Andrew Lazar. “We have searched far and wide and we finally found the perfect Joe Flood in Dave Bautista, who balances compelling action and incredible comic timing better than anyone else. And with JJ Perry at the helm, we know this film will deliver the kind of wholly original and unique action that global audiences crave.”

Bautista is best known for his role as Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy. Outside of the MCU, Bautista has also starred in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Knock at the Cabin, Parachute, My Spy, Army of the Dead, Dune, and more.

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