Lionsgate cashes in on 'Bank Job'

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BERLIN -- Lionsgate held up U.S. rights to Roger Donaldson's "The Bank Job," starring Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows, the parties said here Thursday.

Billed as a sexy thriller, "The Bank Job" is written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and produced by Mosaic Media Group's Charles Roven and Steven Chasman.

The executive producers are George McIndoe, Ryan Kavanaugh, David Alper, Gary Hamilton, Alex Gartner, Alan Glazer, and Christopher Mapp. Relativity Media and the Omnilab Media Group of Australia are bankrolling the film.

Arclight is the international sales agent here in Berlin for the movie which is based on an unsolved daring robbery that took place in London in 1971.

Ortenberg said: "The crime was never solved, and "The Bank Job" poses a startling reason for that, one that has its origins in very high places. A film like this comes along all too rarely, and we're thrilled to give it a home at Lionsgate."

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Block, Eda Kowan, Vice President of Acquisitions and Wendy Jaffe, Senior Vice President Legal & Business Affairs, Acquisitions; and by Relativity Media's Aaron Michiel, on behalf of the filmmakers.

Currently in production in the U.K., shooting is due to end in March.

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