'Nobel' a prize pickup for Freestyle

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Randall Miller's darkly comic thriller "Nobel Son," starring Alan Rickman, Danny DeVito, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Ted Danson and Shawn Hatosy, has been picked up for North American distribution by Freestyle Releasing.

Bryan Greenberg ("Prime") and Eliza Dushku ("Bring It On") also star in the story of an egomaniacal Nobel Prize-winning scientist (Rickman) whose son (Greenberg) is kidnapped. The film features a wild collection of eccentric supporting characters who guide the film through unexpected plot twists.

"The soundtrack is has new tracks by Paul Oakenfold, Groove Armada and the Chemical Brothers. The marketing opportunities are tremendous," said Freestyle co-president Susan Jackson. "We are convinced this will capture the same young male audience that 'Crank' and 'Smokin' Aces' did last year."

Freestyle will roll the film out on more than 1,000 screens in March. Nicolas Chartier of Voltage Pictures is repping its international sales at AFM.

Miller and his and producing partner, Jody Savin of Unclaimed Freight Prods., recently wrapped the wine industry saga "Bottle Shock" starring Chris Pine, Rickman and Pullman. The director wrote the script with wife Jody Savin, who previously collaborated on the Sundance entry "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School."

Jackson negotiated the distribution deal with Miller and Savin.
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