‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Filmmakers Michael Schwartz & Tyler Nilson To Helm ‘Riders Of Justice’ For Lionsgate; 21 Laps Producing

EXCLUSIVE: The Peanut Butter Falcon filmmakers Michael Schwartz & Tyler Nilson have been hired to adapt and direct the remake of Riders of Justice for Lionsgate. Shawn Levy, Dan Levine & Dan Cohen of 21 Laps are producing. Sisse Graum Jørgensen & Anders Kjaeurhauge from the original film are executive producing. James Myers is overseeing for Lionsgate.

The original 2020 Danish film starred Mads Mikkelsen and was directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, who co-wrote the story with Nik Arcel. Riders of Justice was a critical and fan favorite hit due to its original tone and offbeat action. The story follows a recently deployed soldier who returns home to care for his teenage daughter after his wife is killed in a train accident. But when a team of statistics experts investigating the accident claim foul play, the soldier embarks on a revenge-fueled mission, along with an eclectic group, to find those responsible.

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Schwartz & Nilson’s big breakout film came with The Peanut Butter Falcon, which earned rave reviews, won an Audience Award at SXSW and became the highest-grossing indie of 2019. Among its many honors, the film also received a nomination from the DGA for Achievement in First-Time Feature Film and was listed among the NBR’s Top Ten Independent Films.

They most recently directed the feature film Los Frikis, which received the top jury prize at the Miami Film Festival. They are represented by WME, Range Media Partners, and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.

Lionsgate and 21 Laps are also collaborators on the upcoming film Never Let Go, starring and executive produced by Halle Berry and directed by Alexandre Aja, which is slated for release on September 27.

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