Millennium Entertainment's CEO Bill Lee announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Oren Moverman's critical smash Rampart, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Millennium Entertainment will release the film theatrically this year with newly appointed Millennium Films' Mark Gill consulting on the project.
Oren Moverman and acclaimed crime fiction writer James Ellroy wrote the screenplay, with Oren Moverman directing a cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, and Cynthia Nixon.
The film is produced by Lawrence Inglee (Lightstream Pictures), Clark Peterson and Ken Kao (Waypoint Entertainment). Paul Currie, Michael DeFranco, Garrett Kelleher and Lila Yacoub serve as executive producers. Sierra/Affinity is representing the international rights to the film, which have been sold to a majority of territories around the globe.
Officer Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts to unravel. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?
"Oren Moverman's is one of the great new voices in American film," stated Millennium Entertainment's CEO Bill Lee. "In Rampart, he has created a compelling, genre-bending picture that is not only a poignant look at one man's fall, but also an exploration of the conflict that often lies between masculinity and redemption."
"I first worked with Mark Gill back during his time at Warner Independent and have kept up a great relationship with him over the years," said Oren Moverman, who previously co-wrote and directed The Messenger.
"I have the utmost confidence that the Millennium team will take Rampart to great heights." Oren Moverman is repped by WME and NY Office.