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Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn to Star in Movie About Police Brutality

Variety logo Variety 2/1/2017 Dave McNary
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Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn will re-team to star in “Dragged Across Concrete,” a crime thriller about police brutality directed by “Bone Tomahawk” filmmaker S. Craig Zahler.

Bloom will introduce the project to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin, with WME repping U.S. rights.

Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures is producing along with Dallas Sonnier of Cinestate and Assemble Media’s Jack Heller. Kjarval’s Unified Film Fund I is financing.

Gibson and Vaughn will play cops who are suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics gets wide attention. They then descend into the criminal underworld to exact vengeance.

Vaughn starred as a sergeant in “Hacksaw Ridge,” which Gibson directed. The movie received six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director.

Vaughn also starred in Zahler’s prison drama “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” along with Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson.

Zahler said, “‘Dragged Across Concrete is best suited to my goal of making a heartfelt, surprising, sad, funny, shocking, and memorable world with multiple viewpoints.  As is often the case in my novels and screenplays, the protagonists are in perilous circumstances against which they struggle in different and surprising—though logical—ways.  I am absolutely thrilled to have Mel and Vince agree to play the lead roles.”

Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones from The Fyzz Facility will executive produce. The Unified Film Fund I is partnered with Look to the Sky Films and comprised of Victory Square Labs and its equity partner Fantasy 360 along with The Fyzz Facility.

Gibson is represented by CAA and Hansen Jacobson, and Vaughn is repped by WME and Jackoway Tuerman. Zahler is repped by UTA, Cinestate, and Ziffren Brittenham.

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