January 04, 2012 12:35pm PT by Borys Kit
Dimension Films Grabs Heist Comedy 'The Black Marks'
As it undergoes a management shake-up, the Weinstein Co. is still keeping its eye on the movie front.
The company’s genre division Dimension Films has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to the heist comedy The Black Marks.
The picture, which will star Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel, will begin shooting in Hamilton and southern Ontario, Canada, later this month. Jonathan Sobol, who made his feature directorial debut with A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, is helming.
According to Dimension, Marks centers on “Crunch Calhoun (Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, [who] agrees to get back into the con game and pull off just one more lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother Nicky (Dillon). Crunch reassembles the old team and comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another, far riskier, plan devised by Nicky. What the brothers don’t realize is they each have their own agenda and their plan goes awry in this con movie about brotherhood, honor and revenge.”
Nicholas Tabarrok of Darius Films is producing. Jeff Sackman is executive producing.
Russell is also shooting Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained while Dillon is prepping to shoot Inferno: The Linda Lovelace Story. Baruchel has the hockey comedy Goon, which he co-wrote, opening in Canada and the UK and has David Cronenberg’s Ghostopolis in the can.
The trio is repped by CAA. Dillon is also repped by Untitled while Baruchel by Thruline Entertainment.
The pick-up by Dimension is occurring as TWC consolidates its production and acquisition arms and as Dylan Sellers, formerly of Unique Pictures, becomes president of the newly merged division. Meanwhile, production president Donna Gigliotti and longtime acquisitions head Peter Lawson departed their posts.