Magazine article Screen International

Johnson's Hyena Sells to UK, France

Magazine article Screen International

Johnson's Hyena Sells to UK, France

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EXCLUSIVE: Number 9 thriller pre-sells to UK and France for Independent.

Independent has pre-sold writer-director Gerard Johnson's Number 9 thriller Hyena to Metrodome for the UK and Wild Side for France.

Peter Ferdinando (Tony), Neil Maskell (Kill List) and Arta Dobroshi (Lorna's Silence) will star in Johnson's follow up to debut Tony, which is due to get underway in June.

Hyena follows a corrupt London police officer whose already chaotic world is unsettled by an influx of brutal Albanian gangsters.

Producers are Joanna Laurie, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Films. Film4 developed and will partially finance.

Woolley said: "Hyena will be a glimpse into a side of London rarely seen, a shocking story of corruption and criminality, told in the same distinctive style that Gerard brought to his first film Tony. …

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