An updated trailer for the live-action anime-based Kite film from director Ralph Ziman (Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema) announced that the film will premiere exclusively on DirecTV on August 28, followed by a limited theater run and iTunes release on October 10. The Fantasia Film Festival will hostthe international premiere on July 18.
Ziman took over directing duties for the film after the passing of director David R. Ellis. The film was in pre-production in Johannesburg when Ellis passed away.
The film stars lead actress India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) and and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four, New Director). The Deadline website describes the project as "a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa's policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner, Karl Aker (Jackson)."