Myriad Pictures has come aboard to finance and handle international sales on Killer Films and Di Bonaventura Pictures' The Electric Slide with Ewan McGregor and Sundance discovery Carey Mulligan in talks to play the leads.

Tristan Patterson will direct from his screenplay based on Timothy Ford's article The Yankee Bandit: The Life And Times Of Eddie Dodson, World's Great Bank Robber in Gear Magazine about a 1980s Los Angeles shop owner who robbed a bank to impress his new girlfriend and became a serial robber known as The Gentleman Bandit. Christine Vachon, Brad Simpson, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Jocelyn Hayes are producing and Myriad CEO and president Kirk D'Amico serves as executive producer.

McGregor and Mulligan both appeared in Sundance last month, with the former starring opposite Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris and newcomer Mulligan making a name for herself in An Education and The Greatest.

McGregor's upcoming roles include Angels And Demons for Ron Howard and The Ghost for Roman Polanski, which started shooting in Berlin this week, while Mulligan will appear in Michael Mann's Public Enemies with Johnny Depp and Jim Sheridan's Brothers with Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.

Sloss Law and UTA brokered the deal for the film-makers and the deal was negotiated for Myriad by vice president of business affairs Craig Kessler and Patrick Murray. Director of acquisitions Luiza Ricupero brought the project to Myriad and will oversee production for Myriad. Patterson is represented by UTA.