Magazine article Variety

Mel Gibson's 'Hacksaw Ridge' Sells out Globally

Magazine article Variety

Mel Gibson's 'Hacksaw Ridge' Sells out Globally

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IM GLOBAL HAS SOLD OUT worldwide on Andrew Garfield-starrer "Hacksaw Ridge," which hits the Venice Lido on Sunday. It's Mel Gibson's first movie as a director in a decade, after 2006's "Apocalypto."

Lionsgate will release the film Nov. 4 in the U.S., nabbing a prime awards season date.

In final sales, IM Global has licensed "Hacksaw Ridge" to Lionsgate U.K. for the U.K. and Elevation Pictures for Canada.

Part U.S-set drama, part WWII battlefield epic of heroism under fire, "Hacksaw Ridge" is based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who refused to kill the enemy or fire a weapon because of his religious beliefs. A volunteer in the army, he served as a medic. During the Battle of Okinawa, Doss stayed behind when his battalion retreated, venturing repeatedly into the kill zone to haul 75 injured men to safety.

"Hacksaw Ridge" is "about maintaining one's values while trying to avoid conflict with other cultures and other values," said IM Global founder-CEO Stuart Ford. It has "definitely a very powerful humanitarian message that hopefully will make it an important film as well as an entertaingt;ing one."

IM Global had closed a slew of sales on "Hacksaw Ridge"at last year's European Film Market, where it proved one of the most distinctive of high-profile titles. …

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