ThinkFilm nabs 'Escapist' rights


ThinkFilm has picked up all North American rights to the British prison drama "The Escapist," which had drawn buzz but failed to sell at January's Sundance Film Festival.

The price is said to be in the $1 million range plus a significant P&A commitment.

ThinkFilm expects to release the movie in the fall and follow a similar platform rollout as it did in 2007 with its Sidney Lumet morality tale "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes star in the gritty, stylish movie about a group of inmates trying to break out of a London prison. The Parallel Films and Picture Farm production is directed by Rupert Wyatt from a script he wrote with Daniel Hardy. Adrian Sturges and Alan Moloney produced; William Morris Independent handled the sale.