Toronto: Relativity Nabs U.S. Rights to Halle Berry Thriller 'Kidnap'

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The deal marks the second acquisition from the studio since the Toronto Film Festival kicked off Wednesday

Relativity has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap from Lotus Entertainment. A source pegs the deal at nearly $2 million.

The deal marks the second acquisition from Relativity since the Toronto Film Festival kicked off Wednesday, along with Woman in Black 2.

Lotus Entertainment and Gold Star Films financed the film, with Lotus handling international sales. Kidnap also marks the second domestic deal for Lotus and Gold Star in recent weeks, after Lionsgate acquired the North American rights to Henry Hobson's film Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin.

Luis Prieto (Pusher) is attached to direct the film, based on Knate Gwaltney's debut screenplay. The film is set to begin production in late fall 2014.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam are producing the film. Executive producers are Joey Tufaro and Colin Bates, along with Lotus' Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian. Berry also will executive produce with her partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas through their 606 Films production banner. 

The film is a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son.

Berry is repped by CAA, manager Vincent Cirrincione and attorney Doug Stone. Prieto is handled by CAA. Gwaltney is repped by CAA and attorney Darren Trattner.

CAA packaged the project and reps the domestic rights.

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