FilmDistrict Inks U.S. Distribution Deal for 'Looper' (Cannes)

2:37 AM PST 05/15/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in Rian Johnson's sci-fi pic about mobsters from the future.

CANNES -- Ending a six-month chase, FilmDistrict has forged a U.S. distribution deal with Endgame Entertainment for Looper, Rian Johnson’s sci-fi pic starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Paul Dano.

The film will be released by Sony’s TriStar label through its partnership with FilmDistrict.

A time-travel action thriller, Looper is about a killer (Gordon-Levitt) who works for the mob of the future. He and other “loopers” dispose of people that are sent from the future. When he recognizes one victim as his future self (Willis), he hesitates, letting the man escape.

“We have been chasing Looper for six months and it is something my entire team agreed would be a great film for us to distribute. The fact that our friends at Sony feel the same makes it even more exciting,” FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel said.

Looper has been one of the more sought after projects at Cannes. It is Johnson’s third feature after Sundance favorite Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He’s currently shooting Looper in Louisiana.

Ram Bergman and Endgame’s James D. Stern are producing Looper in association with DMG. Endgame’s Doug E. Hansen is executive producing.

Looper is our second collaboration with Rian and Ram and it’s truly been a thrilling ride,” stated Endgame Entertainment CEO James D. Stern. “We look forward to continuing the journey with Sony and Peter in delivering this commercial thriller to audiences everywhere.”     

Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales on Looper.

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