ATO Pictures acquires rights to 'Casino Jack'

Kevin Spacey-starrer premieres at TIFF Sept. 16

ATO  Pictures has acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to the Kevin Spacey-starrer "Casino Jack" ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

CAA earlier sold the U.S. rights to the true-life drama about convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff on behalf of Rollercoaster Entertainment to James Schramm's Metropolitan Inc., but that deal fell through a month ago.

The George Hickenlooper indie pic also stars Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz and Rachelle Lefevre.

ATO is targeting a late December release.

The film was produced by Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and George Zakk from an original screenplay by Norman Snider. 

Executive Producers are Richard Rionda Del Castro, Lewin Webb, Donald Zuckerman, Dana Brunetti, Patricia Eberle, Warren Nimchuk, Angelo Paletta and Domenic Serafino. The Associate Producer is Rick Chad.

Hickenlooper and the cast will be in Toronto for a Sept. 16 gala premiere of "Casino Jack" at Roy Thomson Hall.
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