The Wagner/Cuban Companies' Magnet Releasing announced today that it has acquired US rights to the sci-fi/action epic, Mutant Chronicles. The film stars Thomas Jane (The Mist), Ron Perlman (Hellboy films), Devon Aoki (Sin City) and John Malkovich.

An Edward R. Pressman production, Mutant Chronicles was directed by Simon Hunter and written by Philip Eisner. The film is based on the classic role-playing game that has already inspired card games, video games, novels, comic books and collectible miniatures.

As part of the Wagner/Cuban Companies' Ultra VOD program, Mutant Chronicles will premiere on VOD on Friday, March 27th, 2009, followed by a theatrical release in select cities on Friday, April 24th.

Mutant Chronicles is set in the year 2707, on an unrecognizable Earth where a war is raging between four giant corporations who control the planet as they battle over the planet's dwindling resources. This war is soon rendered irrelevant when an errant bomb shatters an ancient buried seal, releasing a horrific mutant army from its prison deep within the earth. As the mutant scourge threatens human extinction, a squad of ragged soldiers, led by Mitch Hunter (Jane), descends into the earth in a last ditch effort to destroy the mutants and save mankind.

"Mutant Chronicles is a blast," said Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles. "It's an action-packed thriller with a dynamite cast and very impressive production values. We're thrilled to add it to Magnet's slate of quality genre pictures."

"Simon Hunter is an exciting cinematic talent who has created a provocative world for Mutant Chronicles," said producer Edward R. Pressman. "I see in Simon the rare visionary quality that was evident to me when working with Sam Raimi, Alex Proyas, and Brian De Palma on their early films. Mutant Chronicles is just the beginning for him."

Producers on the film, in addition to Pressman, include Tim Dennison, Peter La Terriere, Stephen Belafonte, and Pras Michel.