Metropolitan picks up 'Casino Jack' rights

Film is based on the story of Jack Abramoff

James Schramm's Metropolitan, Inc. has acquired U.S. theatrical distribution rights to the feature film "Casino Jack" from Rollercoaster Entertainment, Inc. The company plans a fall release.

Based on the true story of disgraced Washington power broker Jack Abramoff, "Casino Jack" was directed by George Hickenlooper ("Factory Girl") from an original screenplay by Norman Snider. Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz, Spencer Garrett and Rachelle Lafevre star.

Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and George Vitetzakis produced the film, with Richard Rionda Del Castro, Donald Zuckerman, Lewin Webb, Dana Brunetti, Patricia Eberle, Warren Nimchuk, Angelo Paletta and Domenic Serafino serving as executive producers. Rick Chad is an associate producer.

"This was a golden opportunity to make a film about white collar thuggery in Washington," said Hickenlooper. "It's 'Wall Street' and 'GoodFellas' in our nation's capitol, which cinematically feels more relevant now than ever."

CAA and Cassian Elwes brokered the deal on behalf of Rollercoaster. Hannibal Pictures is handling international sales.

"Casino Jack" is the first effort at film distribution from Metropolitan, which committed eight figures to acquire and market the film's release.