FilmDistrict Acquires Sci-Fi Film Lockout

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FilmDistrict, the recently announced company founded by Graham King, Tim Headington and Peter Schlessel, has acquired all U.S. rights to EuropaCorp’s sci-fi action adventure film Lockout, starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. James Mather and Stephen St. Leger will direct the film from their script co-written with Luc Besson, who also serves as the producer of the film. Peter Stormare and Tom Hollander co-star.

Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.

“EuropaCorp is one of the most dynamic production companies with a great track record of delivering high octane product,” says Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. “They make bold commercial movies which fit perfectly with FilmDistrict’s mandate to release quality films in wide distribution.”

“Luc and I, and everyone at EuropaCorp are thrilled there is a new and exciting distribution company in the U.S. We have great respect for Peter and the team, and this deal is about friendship and creativity,” says Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, co-founder of EuropaCorp. “We are proud and excited to be a part of this new adventure, and we plan to deliver a unique film. We are looking forward to working with Peter, Bob and everyone at FilmDistrict. It will be fun.”

“Luc and Pierre-Ange are creating a highly entertaining sci-fi film with classic action sequences, a gripping story and a great cast that audiences will love,” said Bob Berney, President, Theatrical Distribution.