Lionsgate announced it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Guy Ritchie’s action-comedy Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, which stars Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett, Carl Elwes, Bugzy Malone and Hugh Grant.
Filmed in 2021, Operation Fortune follows super-spy centers on super spy Orson Fortune (Statham), who must track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology wielded by billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds (Grant). Reluctantly teamed with some of the world’s best operatives (Plaza, Elwes, Malone), Fortune and his crew recruit Hollywood’s biggest movie star Danny Francesco (Hartnett) to help them on their globe-trotting undercover mission to save the world.
Operation Fortune was set for release by STX Entertainment in early 2022 but pulled the film at the behest of the producers in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Lionsgate has not said whether Operation Fortune will receive a release in theaters, on video on-demand, or day-and-date on both platforms. The film is set for release on March 3rd.
Ritchie’s next film, “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” starring Henry Cavill, in 2024.
Operation Fortune will contend in its opening weekend at the box office with MGM/UAR’s Creed III, directed by and starring Michael B. Jordan, as well as the horror-thriller Hunt Her, Kill Her from Welcome Villain Films.