Keanu Reeves’ sci-fi thriller Replicas lands first big TIFF deal

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Sep 8, 2017

The ink is just drying on the first big TIFF deal as Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has bought the North American rights to the Keanu Reeves-starring sci-fi thriller Replicas for $4 million.

According to Deadline, the deal -- which is said to call for a wide release -- was made at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and is giving the indie a huge amount of buzz. The film stars Reeves as a grieving scientist who experiments with radical cloning technology in a desperate attempt to resurrect his family after they're killed in a tragic car accident.

There'll be no shortage of action in the movie too, which sees Reeves' character stopping at nothing to bring his family back, even if it means going up against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science. Star Trek's Alice Eve also stars, portraying Reeves' wife.

Reeves also co-produced the project alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Stephen Hamel, with principal photography having started in Puerto Rico last August.

The film is expected to make a big splash at this year's New York Comic-Con too, where Reeves and his director, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who penned The Day After Tomorrow, will present and panel the film. You can catch it on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in room 1A06.

Do you think Replicants sounds like a winner, or just another carbon copy? Let us know in the comments below.