IFC Films Picks Up Rob Lowe Political Drama 'Knife Fight'

FILM: Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe (WME, Brillstein) will star as a prosecutor in the Lifetime telefilm "Prosecuting Casey Anthony." The network also has set a biopic of June Carter Cash starring Jewel (CAA, B.A.D., Myman Greenspan) playing opposite Matt Ross (ICM, Framework) as Johnny Cash.

Director Bill Guttentag wrote the film with real-life Democratic political consultant Chris Lehane.

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Bill Guttentag's political drama Knife Fight, starring Rob Lowe as an insider strategist.

Guttentag (Soundtrack for a Revolution) wrote the screenplay with political consultant Chris Lehane, who served as White House adviser to President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and served as Vice President Al Gore's press secretary. Guerrino De Luca and Catherine and Daniel Davila produced the film, which had its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Lowe and William Green executive produced. 

Lowe plays a political strategist who starts to question his methods while working with a Kentucky governor (Eric McCormack), a blackmailed California senator (David Harbour) and an idealistic doctor-turned-gubernatorial candidate (Carrie-Anne Moss). The cast also includes Julie Bowen, Richard Schiff, Saffron Burrows and Jennifer Morrison.

"With the 2012 election around the corner, this film -- which provides an unmatched look at what happens behind closed doors in politics -- shouldn't be missed," said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

The acquisition deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vp acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with WME Independent repping the filmmakers.