Josh Hartnett's 'August' at First Look


NEW YORK -- Producer-actor Josh Hartnett's dot-com drama "August" is being picked up by First Look Studios for a July release.

First Look is acquiring North American rights to the Sundance Film Festival premiere, which centers on a high-rolling Web startup founder (Hartnett) struggling to resuscitate his company and personal life on the eve of Sept. 11.

Austin Chick's New York-based feature also stars Naomie Harris, Adam Scott, Robin Tunney, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rip Torn and David Bowie, who plays a corporate raider.

"August" is one of several star-driven projects to slowly emerge with distributors from January's disappointing Sundance market.

Charles Corwin, Hartnett, Elisa Pugliese, David Guy Levy and Clara Markowicz produced the film, a 57th & Irving presentation of an Original Media production made in association with Periscope Entertainment. Howard A. Rodman wrote the screenplay.

First Look has tentatively set a limited July 11 theatrical release. CAA is repping the filmmakers in the deal.