Scott Mann

The plot unfolds after a stadium is seized during a major sporting event by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom.

Scott Mann will direct the action-thriller Final Score, which is based on a script by The Brothers Lynch.

The story is set at a major sporting event, during which the stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom. An ex-soldier must use all his military skills to save the 35,000 capacity crowd, one of which is the daughter of his fallen comrade.

Highland Film Group (HFG) is handling international sales, and will introduce the film at EFM in Berlin.

Casting is currently underway for a summer/fall start date, and the film will shoot at West Ham United’s world-renowned Upton Park Stadium in London. Signature will give Final Score a wide theatrical release in the U.K. in 2017.

Signature’s Marc Goldberg will produce with The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones. Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier will executive produce.

Signature’s Marc Goldberg commented: “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to film in this unique and legendary location. The Premiership is the biggest football league in the world and their impending move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium has been reported globally. We have a stellar team looking to deliver a $20 million nonstop action, world-class film with a one-off unique opportunity to utilize an iconic stadium before it’s demolished. Imagine Die Hard in a Soccer Stadium.”

Mann, who previously helmed 2015’s Heist and 2009’s The Tournament, is represented by Paradigm, Independent Talent Group, Aperture Entertainment and Marc Von Arx.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Following the domestic zombie drama Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger is staying in sombre mode for 478. Schwarzenegger has been attached to the revenge story since June, and the film now has a director. Elliott Lester, who directed Arnold’s fellow Expendable Jason Statham in Blitz, will be calling the shots. Darren Aronofsky is among the producers.

The script, written by Enemy’s Javier Gullón, finds Arnold as a man who loses his wife and child in a plane crash (there’s been no explanation of the title so far, but we’d guess it’s the fatal flight’s number). As it transpires, the tragedy was caused by an air traffic controller’s mistake. The controller is hounded and eventually placed into protective custody, but Schwarzenegger’s character can’t let go and decides to seek his own vengeance.

Yet lest you think this is all sounding a little like Collateral Damage (minus the terrorism aspect), think again. According to Deadline’s sources, it all plays out more like a subtle character piece than the Austrian Oak going in guns blazing. And it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise given the writer.

Lester arrived as a director in 2006 with Love Is The Drug, and since Blitz in 2011 has been behind the David Oyelowo-starring Nightingale, the TV action series Chop Shop, and the recently completed but not yet released thriller Sleepwalker, starring Richard Armitage.

Lionsgate are releasing 478 in the States, and it’s expected to be a hot property for further deals at the American Film Market, which kicked off yesterday. Shooting is set to start in December in Ohio.

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