Overture Acquires ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’

Film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, was originally acquired by Senator in January.

Last Updated: September 14, 2009 @ 10:27 PM

Antoine Fuqua’s "Brooklyn’s Finest," a violent drama starring Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke that debuted at Sundance, is getting a new home.

 

The film, which was purchased by Senator Distribution back in January, is now in the process of being acquired by Overture Films.

 

An altered version of the film that screened at the Venice Film Festival was seven minutes longer and had a different ending than the version showed at Sundance, where the film was bought for $3 million, plus a hefty P&A commitment.

 

The film is about three Brooklyn cops (Gere, Hawke, and Don Cheadle) whose fates are intertwined by one dangerous location.

 

“The remarkable ensemble cast speaks for itself,” Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett said in a statement. “We loved the film when we first screened it, and we are happy Antoine’s final vision for the film has found a home at Overture.” 

 

The film moved from Senator to Overture when the indie distribution company started having financial problems forming a P&A fund. Senator’s offices in L.A. have closed and head Mark Urman departed his post as president in June.

 

As such, many of the films on Senator’s slate have been left up in the air, including "Unthinkable" with Samuel L. Jackson, "Fireflies in the Garden" starring Julia Roberts, the horror film "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" and "Splice," which stars Adam Brody and Sarah Polley and was produced by Guillermo del Toro.