Hot on the heels of itsSundance acquisition of dirty bomb thriller Right At Your Door, Lionsgate has bought international rights to theheist thriller Devil To Paystarring Lucy Liu.
Lionsgate Internationalpresident Nick Meyer will commence sales at Berlin next week on the Echo LakeProductions and Intellectual Properties Worldwide (IPW) project.
Echo Lake's Doug Mankoff andAndrew Spaulding will produce with IPW's J Todd Harris. Harris' colleague MarcToberoff will serve as executive producer.
Principal photography is setto begin in May on the story of a mild-mannered single parent who is forced bya mysterious man to rob the bank where she works. Michael Gilvary wrote thescreenplay and the project is currently out to directors.
"We are delighted to beworking with Lucy Liu on this original, action-packed thriller," Meyer said. "Lucy'scharisma dazzled audiences in her Charlie's Angels films and we feel confident that, with our friendsat Echo Lake Productions and IPW producing, Devil To Pay will showcase her at her most irresistible."
Lionsgate FilmsInternational's Berlin sales slate includes the action projects Rogue starring Jet Li and Jason Statham, and Crank, which also stars Statham, as well as the firstworld war epic Flyboys, andSundance titles Right At Your Doorand Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man.
Meyer, international filmsales president Stephanie Denton and senior vice president of business andlegal affairs and acquisitions Wendy Jaffe negotiated the deal with Echo Lake'sSpaulding and attorney Howard Frumes of Alexander, Nau, Lawrence, Frumes andLabowitz.