Russian streaming service “Kinopoisk” will become co-produced the film by Guy Ritchie under the working title “Translator”. This is the first time that Russian streaming has invested in a Hollywood movie.
The Kinopoisk website also states that the service has received all rights to distribute the film in Russia and the CIS.
According to video streaming, the action thriller will begin filming on January 24 this year. Jake Gyllenhaal will play the lead role in the film about a US Army sergeant who was ambushed along with an Afghan translator.
The film is being produced by STX and Toff Guys, who worked on Guy Ritchie’s last three projects: The Gentlemen, The Wrath of Man and Operation Fortune. MGM, which distributes the film in the United States, and Amazon Prime, which will show the film in Europe, Australia and other countries, also act as partners.
“We started cooperation with Kinopoisk at the pre-production stage of the film, not only as a distributor, but also as a co-investor. I am sure that this is a new step for the Russian streaming market,” said John Friedberg, President for International Projects at STX.