Lionsgate has 'Escape' locked up


Lionsgate Films has acquired the script "The Escape Artist" from producer Todd Garner, who will produce through his company, Broken Road Prods.

"Escape," an original comedy by brothers Jim and Brian Kehoe, centers on a relationship consultant who gets paid to break people up. Garner helped develop the script with the writers.

This is the first sale for the Kehoe brothers, who are repped by ICM and manager Marti Blumenthal.

Ben Haber will oversee the project for Broken Road.

Mike Paseornek and John Sacchi will handle the project for Lionsgate.

Garner, a founding partner of Revolution Studios, will see Sony Pictures release in April his next film, "Are We Done Yet," a sequel to the 2005 Ice Cube- starrer "Are We There Yet."