Saban Films has nabbed the U.S. rights to Michael Keaton’s Knox Goes Away thriller, which also stars Al Pacino, James Marsden and Marcia Gay Harden. Saban is eyeing a 2024 first quarter theatrical release.

Keaton directs and stars in the neo-noir thriller as John Knox, a contract killer with a rapid onset of of dementia who is offered the chance to redeem himself by saving the life of the adult son played by Marsden with whom he had been estranged.

As the usually cold and calculating killer steadily loses his memory, Knox finds himself in a race against time as a lost and confused father tries help his son cover up a messy and violent crime. For direction, Knox turns to his friend Xavier (Al Pacino) to guide him forward as the clock ticks down.

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Knox Goes Away also stars Suzy Nakamura as a tough-as-nails female detective, John Hoogenakker, Joanna Kulig, Ray McKinnon and Lela Loren. The film is penned by Gregory Poirier and world premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.  

Keaton previously directed 2008’s The Merry Gentleman, in which he also starred. His acting credits include Beetlejuice, Batman, Birdman, Spotlight and The Founder

Knox Goes Away is produced by Keaton, Trevor Matthews, Nick Gordon, Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta. Executive producers include Jonathan Saba, Carter, Jillian Kay, Nick Blasko, Wayne Carmona, David Gendron, Michael Hansen, Nate Holthouser, Andy Huang, Ali Jazayeri, Scott Lake, Eric London, Donald Povieng, Dina Randazzo, Ronald Richardson and Viviana Zarragoitia. 

The distribution deal was negotiated by Bill Bromiley for Saban Films, with CAA Media Finance and Verve Ventures acting for the filmmakers. FilmNation Entertainment represents the international rights. 

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