Senator locks up 'Brooklyn's Finest'

Gets North American rights in first major Sundance deal

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PARK CITY -- The Sundance Film Festival has its first major deal. Senator Distribution snapped up North American rights to Antoine Fuqua's cop drama "Brooklyn's Finest" on Saturday evening.

The Marco Weber/Mark Urman banner (Weber is CEO, and Urman is president) is believed to have paid in the low- to mid-seven figures for rights to the pic, which played strongly at its Eccles debut Friday night.

Sony Pictures, which has a deal with Senator, will partner with the outfit, with Senator handling theatrical and Sony handling all ancillary rights.

CAA and WMA are co-repping rights to the morality tale, which stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke as cops at very different stages of their career, each faced with moral dilemmas.

While billed as a thriller, it also operates as a character study of its trio of complex protagonists.

A number of distributors were circling the picture, though some were concerned about the length and potential for backend deals for the many star actors.

Fuqua will edit the film as part of the deal, insiders said.

Senator has been beefing up its distribution efforts under former ThinkFilm veteran Urman, who came on in October. The banner also is unveiling Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "The Informers" at the festival.

The deal marks one of the earliest buys in recent festivals. Big sales did not happen at Sundance or Toronto last year until after opening weekend.