The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival is over, but there’s still life in the sales market. According to Variety, Millennium Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to Rampart in a $2 million dollar deal (plus performance bonuses). The cop drama represents a reunion between writer/director Oren Moverman, Woody Harrelson, and Ben Foster after Moverman’s directorial debut The Messenger earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination and an acting nod for Harrelson in 2009. Harrelson stars as “a never- changing LAPD cop (Woody Harrelson) whose past is finally catching up with him in the wake of a department-wide corruption scandal.” Foster is joined in the supporting cast by Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Sammy Boyarsky, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, Ned Beatty, and Robin Wright.
I’m guessing Millennium wants Rampart in theaters before the end of the year to knock on Oscar’s door with a campaign focusing on Harrelson’s performance. Works for me—I’m looking forward to seeing the film. Read the official synopsis after the jump.
A genre-bending, 1990s Los Angeles police family drama, Rampart explores the dark soul and romantic misadventures of a never- changing LAPD cop (Woody Harrelson) whose past is finally catching up with him in the wake of a department-wide corruption scandal. Along the way, he is forced to confront his disgruntled daughters (Brie Larson, Sammy Boyarsky), his two ex-wives (Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon), a tenacious Deputy DA (Sigourney Weaver), an investigator on his trail (Ice Cube), a homeless witness to his crimes (Ben Foster), his aging mentor (Ned Beatty) and a mysterious new lover who may or may not be on his side (Robin Wright), as he fights for his own sanity and survival.