Icon releasing Mel Gibson's 'Summer Vacation'

Prison drama to start shooting in Mexico in March

LONDON -- The Mel Gibson action movie "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" will break out in theaters via distributor Icon Entertainment in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Icon's British-based sales arm, Icon Entertainment International, also will handle sales on the Mexican-set prison drama internationally. It will mark Gibson's return to action roles as "Edge of Darkness," directed by Martin Campbell, unspools in theaters.

The multiple territory deal is the first struck via Icon Entertainment's first look deal with Gibson and Bruce Davey's L.A.-based production label Icon Prods. after Access Industries snapped up Icon's distribution and sales arms through a deal led by former Polygram Film International president Stewart Till in October.

Icon Prods. controls North America/Canada rights.

Written by Gibson, Adrian Grunberg and Stacy Perskie, produced by Davey and Perskie and directed by Grunberg, the movie tells the story of a career criminal caught by Mexican authorities following a desperate high speed car chase across the border. Sent to a drug and crime filled prison run by gangs, he has to learn to survive any which way he can.

The film is set to start shooting on location in Mexico in March.