Sony lockdown on 'Experiment'

Debut feature of 'Prison Break' creator Paul Scheuring

NEW YORK -- Sony is feeling experimental.

The studio has boarded "The Experiment," the feature debut of "Prison Break" creator Paul Scheuring, and will distribute the movie in the U.S.

In addition, Travis Fimmel has joined the cast as a prison guard, while Maggie Grace will play the counterpoint to lead Adrien Brody.

In addition, Travis Fimmel has joined the cast, taking on the role that had been reported as going to Elijah Wood.

The pic revolves around several dozen men who, as part of a scientific experiment, are chosen to simulate the roles of prisoners and guards, prompting a host of dark consequences. The story is based on an incident at Stanford University in 1971 in which an experiment that sought to find out how ordinary people would react in a prison situation went horribly awry.

Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker star in the psychological thriller, a remake of Oliver Hirschbiegel's 2001 German hit. Brody plays the leader of the prisoners, and Whitaker is the lead guard.

Jeanette Buerling and Maggie Monteith are producing via their Magnet Media Group banner, and Bill Johnson is producing for Inferno Distribution, which will handle the pic in overseas territories.

The project, which is shooting in Iowa, is likely to get a 2010 release from Sony.

Fimmel, known for a lead role in A&E double-agent series "The Beast," also stars on the big screen in the Matthew McConaughey surfing pic "Surfer, Dude." Grace most recently starred in "Taken."

Magnet is behind Jason Statham-starrer "13," a remake of the French thriller "13 Tzameti," while inferno was behind Meg Ryan dramedy "The Women" as well as upcoming videogame adaptation "King of Fighters."