Lionsgate has acquired director Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher for release in the United States. Lionsgate previously released Forster's Monster's Ball, which earned Halle Berry an Oscar and scored a Best Original Screenplay nomination. Forster's last film was the James Bond film Quantum of Solace in 2008.
The film, which is just about to go into production, is based on the story of Reverend Sam Childers, who leaves behind a life of crime to fight for the rights of African children in a war-torn region of the country. Gerard Butler will play Childers, with Michelle Monaghan as his wife and Michael Shannon as his best friend.
Shooting will begin on July 5th in Detroit and South Africa. The film will be released in 2011.