Saban Films announced today that they have secured the U.S. and Canadian rights to award-winning director and writer Matthew Gentile’s debut feature film American Murderer. The film stars Tom Pelphrey, Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel, and Jacki Weaver. Paul Schneider, Shantel VanSanten, Moises Arias and Kevin Corrigan round out the cast. Saban Films is planning an October 2022 release.
American Murderer is based on the true story of Jason Derek Brown – a charismatic con man turned party king who bankrolls his luxurious lifestyle through a series of scams. When his funds run low and his past catches up with him, he plots his most elaborate scheme yet and, in the process, becomes the FBI’s most unlikely – and elusive – top ten fugitive.
“Jason Derek Brown has fascinated me since childhood when I was obsessed with the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list,” says Gentile. “Though American Murderer has been designed carefully to fit into the crime and thriller genres – at the core, this is a story about family and an examination of the dark side of the American dream. With Saban Films, we have a great partner in which to bring this true crime thriller to North American audiences.”
The film recently had its world premiere in competition at the prestigious Taormina Film Fest in Sicily, Italy.
American Murderer is produced by The Traveling Picture Show Company’s Carissa Buffel and Kevin Matusow, and GiGi Film’s Gia Walsh and Kara Baker. William G. Santor of Productivity Media serves as Executive Producer alongside Andrew Chang-Sang and John Hills. Executive Producers Josh Bezoni, Bruce Cummings, Vince Jolivette, Steven Chester Prince. Kerlin Blaise, Lanee Blaise, with Brian Katz and Thomas Zambeck from Umbrelic Entertainment. The deal was negotiated by Steve Break for Saban Films and Mimi Steinbauer of Radiant Films International and Jay Cohen of Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers. Radiant is representing the international distribution rights.