Tom Ortenberg has added another high profile title to the roster after acquiring David Ayer’s “mesmerizing” crime saga.
Ayer wrote and directed the film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick, about young Los Angeles police officers who patrol South Central. Frank Grillo and America Ferrera also star.
End Of Watch was produced by Ayer’s Crave Films, John Lesher through his Le Grisbi Productions and Nigel Sinclair (pictured) and Matt Jackson of Exclusive, who also financed the film, in association with Emmett/Furla Films. Exclusive has been trading international rights ever since the project was brought to market
Guy East and Exclusive’s Tobin Armbrust served as executive producers alongside Gyllenhaal, Adam Kassan, Chrisann Verges, Randall Emmett and George Furla, Stepan Martirosyan and Remington Chase.
“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.”
“From the moment we read the script and met with David and John Lesher we knew we had to make this movie,” Exclusive Media co-chairman Nigel Sinclair said. “When we then saw David’s first cut of the picture we knew we had a spectacular and original filmmaking experience on our hands. Jake and Michael are simply riveting.”
“End Of Watch is an extraordinary project and I’m thrilled to be part of the team that has brought this film to the big screen,” Lesher said.
“I could not be more happy with this partnership with Open Road,” Ayer added. “Open Road is fantastically well equipped to distribute End Of Watch – they are as passionate about the film as I am and share my vision for the film’s release.”
Ortenberg negotiated the deal with general counsel and evp of operations and business affairs Elliott Kleinberg and svp of acquisitions Ben Cotner with CAA on behalf of Exclusive and the filmmakers.