Two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender is set to star in and produce David Sandberg’s action-comedy KUNG FURY, a feature-length sequel to the viral short film of the same name. Sandberg will also star and produce under his Laser Unicorns banner.
The film will co-star David Hasselhoff, who appeared in the original short film, which was a record-breaking success on Kickstarter. The film was selected for Cannes Directors Fortnight and has earned over 40 million views worldwide. Production on the feature will begin this summer. The official synopsis, from BLOOM.
It’s 1985, the best year ever. Miami is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury, the greatest damn cop of all time. Kung Fury’s Thundercops are the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. After the tragic death of a Thundercop causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon. Kung Fury must travel through space and time itself to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy, and defeat evil once and for all.
Coming off the stunning success of IT, David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith and Aaron Schmidt will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner along with Philip Westgren of B-Reel Films and Conor McCaughan. Pelle Strandberg will executive produce on behalf of Laser Unicorns. BLOOM will handle international sales and introduce the film to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival. Endeavor Content and CAA will handle North American sales.
Fassbender earned Oscar nominations for his performances in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. He most recently played dual roles in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. Hasselhoff is best known for playing Mitch Buchannon on NBC’s Baywatch and for his lead role on Knight Rider.
Fassbender is represented by CAA and Troika, while Hasselhoff is repped by ICM Partners. WME reps Katzsmith and Sandberg, who is also repped by Voyage and attorney Alan Sacks.
BLOOM’s upcoming slate includes Bill Holderman’s Book Club starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen; Paul Weitz’s Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore; Jake Scott’s The Burning Woman starring Christina Hendricks and Sienna Miller; Zhang Yimou’s Shadow; Matthew Heineman’s A Private War starring Rosamund Pike; Craig S. Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn; the horror sequel Strangers: Prey at Night; Three Seconds starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common and Clive Owen; and Victor Levin’s Destination Wedding starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. The company recently entered into a first-look deal with filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross’ Crazyrose banner, and it’ll be selling Yuval Adler’s The Operative and Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation in Berlin.
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