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AFM Breaking News: FilmDistrict Acquires "Lockout"

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 7, 2010 at 11:21AM

In yet another deal at AFM, FilmDistrict continues its genre buying spree, acquiring all U.S. rights to sci-fi thriller Lockout, starring Guy Pearce (Memento) and Maggie Grace (Taken).
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In yet another deal at AFM, FilmDistrict continues its genre buying spree, acquiring all U.S. rights to sci-fi thriller Lockout, starring Guy Pearce (Memento) and Maggie Grace (Taken).

FilmDistrict, led by CEO Peter Schlessel and theatrical chief Bob Berney, also picked up action thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.

Ten-year-old EuropaCorp's prolific Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) co-wrote Lockout with directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. Their script sends a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce) on a mission to rescue the president's daughter (Grace) at a prison outpost in outer space. Peter Stormare and Tom Hollander will co-star in the film set for an early 2011 production start. This sort of movie has genre elements and a solid producer behind it with sc-fi/action credentials. And EuropaCorp is grateful there's a new distributor with a hunger to buy, says co-founder Pierre-Ange Le Pogam:

Luc and I, and everyone at EuropaCorp are thrilled there is a new and exciting distribution company in the US. We have great respect for Peter and the team, and this deal is about friendship and creativity. We are proud and excited to be a part of this new adventure, and we plan to deliver a unique film. We are looking forward to working with Peter, Bob and everyone at FilmDistrict. It will be fun.”

FilmDistrict chief Peter Schlessel closed the deal with Le Pogam.

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, In Production, Thriller, Sci-fi, Independents, Action


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.