Magazine article Screen International

FilmDistrict, EuropaCorp Close US Deal for Guy Pearce Genre Film Lockout

Magazine article Screen International

FilmDistrict, EuropaCorp Close US Deal for Guy Pearce Genre Film Lockout

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FilmDistrict continues to assemble its inaugural slate and has acquired all US rights at AFM to EuropaCorp's upcoming sci-fi action title Lockout to star Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace.

James Mather and Stephen St Leger will commence shooting in January in France from a script they co-wrote with Luc Besson, who is also producing. FilmDistrict CEO and co-founder Peter Schlessel is eyeing a first quarter 2012 release and negotiated the deal with EuropaCorp co-founder Pierre-Ange Le Pogam.

Lockout centres on a wrongly convicted government agent whose sole chance of freedom lies in rescuing the President's daughter from a deep space prison riot. Peter Stormare and Tom Hollander also star.

"EuropaCorp is one of the most dynamic production companies with a great track record of delivering high-octane product," Schlessel said. They make bold commercial movies which fit perfectly with FilmDistrict's mandate to release quality films in wide distribution. …

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