Magnet Scores Neil Marshall’s “Centurion”

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired U.S. rights to “The Descent” helmer Neil Marshall’s bloody sword-and-sandal action thriller “Centurion”.

Boasting savagely violent battle scenes and an adrenaline fueled chase through the breathtaking Scottish highlands, “Centurion” is set during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen during the 2nd century Roman conquest of Britain.

Michael Fassbender stars as Quintus Dias, Roman centurion and son of a legendary gladiator who leads a group of soldiers on a raid of a Pict camp to rescue a captured general (Dominic West). The son of the Pict leader is murdered during the raid, and the Romans find themselves hunted by a seemingly unstoppable group of the Pict’s most vicious and skilled warriors, led by a beautiful and deadly tracker (Olga Kurylenko), who are hell bent on revenge.

A release is planned sometime in the Summer, how wide though is unsure. The film is the first of two rival pictures dealing with events surrounding the famed lost Roman Ninth Legion. The other being Kevin MacDonald’s “Eagle of the Ninth” which Focus Features is releasing late September.

“Centurion” will be the sixth and final entry in the company’s second round of its ‘Six Shooter Film Series’. The other five in the most recent batch were “Brosnon,” “Red Cliff,” “Ong Bak 2,” “District 13: Ultimatum” and “Warlords”.