Lionsgate Picks Up Soderbergh’s “Knockout”

Lionsgate has scored domestic distribution rights and Mandate will be handling international sales for Steven Soderbergh’s next film “Knockout” says the trades.

Penned by Lem Dobbs (“The Limey,” “Kafka”), the spy thriller in the vein of “La Femme Nikita” that will mark the screen starring debut of Gina Carano, the mixed martial arts circuit fighter.

Relativity Media will fully finance the film which begins production in February in locations around the world including Ireland, Turkey and the US. Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs and Ryan Kavanaugh are producing.