Pathe runs with 'Dead Man'

Acquires U.K. rights British gangster flick

LONDON -- French-owned, U.K.-based Pathe Distribution has snared U.K. rights to Alex de Rakoff's British gangster flick "Dead Man Running."

The movie's producers, Nicholas Fearon, Alan Latham and Tom Matinson, said the deal with Pathe follows hot on the heels of the end of a five-week shoot here in London.

The deal was concluded on behalf of the producers by Park Entertainment's sales chief Simon Barnes and the company's chief executive Jim Howell.

Written and directed by de Rakoff, "Dead Man" stars Tamer Hassan ("Layer Cake"), Danny Dyer ("The Business") and American rap star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Brenda Blethyn and Monet Mazur also make appearances.

It details the story of a hood who is given 24 hours to raise $100,000 by Jackson's NYC crime boss or he faces death.

Executive producers include soccer players Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole alongside Fawn James, Mark Rowe, Chris Nathaniel, Tamer Hassan and Aaron Ginsberg.
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