Berlin: Open Road Takes U.S. Rights to 'Finding Steve McQueen'

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Travis Fimmel and Forest Whitaker star in the film based on the true story of the biggest bank heist in U.S. history.

As the European Film Market kicks off in Berlin, Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the heist movie Finding Steve McQueen, starring Travis Fimmel, Forest Whitaker, William Fichtner and Rachael Taylor.

Mark Steven Johnson directed the project, which is based on the true story of the biggest bank heist in U.S. history. In 1972 a gang of close-knit thieves from Youngstown, Ohio, attempt to steal $30 million in illegal contributions and blackmail money from President Richard Nixon's secret fund. Keith Sharon and Ken Hixon wrote the screenplay.

Open Road is planning a wide release in 2018.

Anthony Mastromauro (Identity Films), Silvio Muraglia (Paradox Studios), Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi (AMBI Group) and Alexandra Klim produced the film. Mikael Wiren executive produced.

AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's AMBI Media Group, is handling international sales for Finding Steve McQueen and introducing the film to foreign distributors in Berlin.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by CEO Tom Ortenberg, COO and general counsel Elliott Kleinberg and senior vp acquisitions Lejo Pet, as well as by Iervolino, Muraglia and Joseph Cohen on behalf of AMBI Media Group and Paradox Studios.