Saban Films announced today that they had secured the worldwide rights to the action thriller American Metal starring Academy Award Nominee John Travolta (Pulp Fiction), Stephen Dorff (Blade, Immortals), Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead,) Ashley Benson (Spring Breakers) and Kevin Dillon (Platoon, The Doors, “Entourage”). Writer and first-time feature director Nicholas Maggio’s film tells the story of a desperate and struggling family man who robs a pill mill. However, when the theft turns violent, he finds himself hunted by both the police and the Dixieland mafia. The film was produced by 308 Entertainment’s Corey Large (The November Man, Kid Cannibis, Paradise City) and Bernie Gewissler (Dead Hipsters, Midnight in the Switchgrass) in association with Bondit Media Capital. American Metal is the second film with Travolta and Dorff for 308 Entertainment’s Large, following the upcoming Saban release Paradise City. Principal photography recently wrapped on American Metal in Georgia, with Saban Films planning a 2023 release
Travolta has created some of the most iconic and memorable performances on the silver screen including: Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever for which he received an Academy Award nomination; Chili Palmer in Barry Sonnenfelds Get Shorty for which he received a Golden Globe Award; and Edna Turnblad in Adam Shankman’s BAFTA Award-nominated musical Hairspray. On the small screen, John garnered rave reviews which resulted in Primetime Emmy Award, a Critics Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro in the F/X limited series “Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson – American Crime Story.” He also recently earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in the comedy “Die Hart” with Kevin Hart. Travolta previously collaborated with Saban Films on I Am Wrath, Speed Kills and the upcoming action film, Paradise City with Dorff and Bruce Willis.