The WeinsteinCompany and IFC Films have jointly picked up North American rights to thethriller Unknownwhich features an ensemble cast headed up by Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear andBarry Pepper.
Joe Pantoliano,Bridget Moynahan, and Jeremy Sisto also star in the story of five men involvedin a kidnapping who wake up in a warehouse with no idea who they are or theirroles in the crime.
Simon Brandmakes his directorial debut on the project, which was written by Matthew Wayneeand produced by Darby Parker, Rick Lashbrook, and John S. Schwartz, andco-produced by Ross M Dinerstein and Bobby Schwartz of Eleven Eleven Films.
Unknown, which is currently in post production,was brought to The Weinstein Company by Agnes Mentre and Michelle Krumm.
Mentre and BarryLittman negotiated the deal with ICM and Alexis Garcia and Robert Darwell from Sheppard, Mullin,Richter & Hampton on behalf of Brand and the producers. Sharon Davis andJonathan Sehring negotiated for IFC.
ICM's ShaunRedick and Jon Huddle, who worked on the deal, also packaged the film.
"The script isbrilliant along with stellar performances by an ensemble cast," HarveyWeinstein said in a statement. "I've always enjoyed working with new filmmakersand believe that Simon Brand will have a long career as a director."
"Simon Brand'sdebut film is truly impressive and boasts a great story and terrific cast," IFCEntertainment president Sehring added. "We're really pleased to be involvedwith this project and partnering again with Harvey and Bob."
The WeinsteinCompany has a broad strategic alliance with IFC Films and Rainbow MediaHoldings, under which it will act as the exclusive home video distributor andforeign sales agent for IFC Films. IFC Films had also teamed up with theWeinsteins on distribution of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Miramax title Les Choristes.
Under the termsof the Unknownpartnership, the film will go through the IFC Films distribution infrastructurewith both companies working on marketing.
GreeneStreet Internationalsold out international territories on Unknown at Cannes and in the run-up to the market. Rightswent to Optimum in the UK, Presidio and Movie-Eye in Japan, and TF1 in France,among others.