Open Road Films Picks Up David Ayer’s ‘End of Watch’

"End of Watch," a cop drama set in South Central L.A. from director David Ayer, will be distributed by Open Road Films

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Exclusive Media's  "End of Watch," the latest directorial effort from David Ayer.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick star in the cop drama from the director of "Harsh Times" and the screenwriter behind "Training Day" and the "The Fast and the Furious."

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The announcement was made Thursday by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films CEO and Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.

“Our entire team was blown away by the movie,” Ortenberg said. “David Ayer is truly an auteur and his innovative approach to this mesmerizing story is certain to wow critics and audiences alike.”

The film uses handheld high-def cameras to tell the tale of police officers, gang members and citizens caught in the line of fire in L.A.'s South Central district.

"End of Watch" was produced by Ayer's Crave Films, John Lesher through his Le Grisbi Productions, and Sinclair and Matt Jackson of Exclusive Media, who also financed the film, in association with Emmett/Furla Films. 

“Open Road is fantastically well-equipped to distribute 'End Of Watch'" said Ayer. "They are as passionate about the film as I am and share my vision for the film’s release.”

Open Road is planning a 2012 release.

Exclusive Media will retain worldwide distribution rights.