Lionsgate has picked up US distribution rights to The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Guy Ritchie’s World War II action film that has just started shooting in Turkey.
Amazon Prime Video also purchased rights to the project, including rights for Europe, Latin America and Australia/New Zealand as well as Canada, South Africa, India, South Africa, South Africa, South Africa, India, and pan-Asian pay television.
Lionsgate plans a 2024-wide theatrical release for the film. The film is currently being sold worldwide at the European Film Market by Black Bear International.
Henry Cavill, Eiza Gonzalez and Alan Ritchson lead the ensemble cast of Ministry and Jerry Bruckheimer is producing alongside Chad Oman, Ritchie’s producing partner Ivan Atkinson and John Friedberg for Black Bear.
Lionsgate motion picture group vice chair Adam Fogelson said: “I have had the pleasure of working with Guy on many films over the years and he always delivers what audiences want – original, action-packed, and entertaining theatrical experiences. I am thrilled to be partnering up again to bring Ministryand its incredible cast to audiences.”
In a statement, Ritchie and the producers addressed the film’s location choice. Ritchie stated that although we will be many hundred miles away from the epicenter, we do so with deep sympathy for all those affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with our crew members and their families in the region. We offer our deepest condolences for the loss of life in Turkey. We stand with them and will continue to support our production team as well as the wider community in the weeks and months ahead.”