Deadline is exclusively reporting that A24 have acquired the North American rights for A Prayer Before Dawn, a Muay Thai film based on the true story of Billy Moore.
This is the official logline for the film:
In Klong Prem, there are 10 rules. If you break them, you will almost certainly die. If you don’t break them, you will definitely die. This is the true story of Billy Moore — jailed in one of the world’s toughest prisons, Klong Prem, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Refusing to die there, Billy becomes a student of the lethal art of Muay Thai Boxing and in the process finds a brotherhood that will help guide him on an incredible journey to redemption.
Shot in a real Thai prison, the report states that promo footage of the film screened at Berlin was met with a rousing reaction to it’s rated-R content and A24 didn’t waste time getting the deal done. The project has been in development for the last few years as Charlie Hunnam was originally set to play Billy Moore but a year later was replaced by Peaky Blinders and Green Room actor Joe Cole, with Jean-Stephane Sauvaire directing on a script penned by Jonathan Hirschbein and Nick Saltrese. Rita Dagger and Nicholas Simon will serve as producers alongside Hurricane Films’ Sol Papdopoulos and Roy Boulter, with Meridian Entertainment’s Jennifer Dong and Figo Li will serve as executive producers alongside James Schmaus.
A Prayer Before Dawn is a project that I’ve been keenly looking to see get adapted for the big screen since the Charlie Hunnam casting announcement back in 2014 and finally we’re getting close to having the film getting some momentum to be on the big screen within the next eighteen months.