Apr 30, 2010 02:47 PM EST

Summit Entertainment Picks Up Doug Liman's Fair Game

Summit Entertainment, perhaps hoping for a repeat of the success of The Hurt Locker, has obtained distribution rights to 'Fair Game', about Valerie Plame, the outed CIA agent (in the Libby scandal.  Fair Game works with Summit's reputation not only because of Hurt Locker (and The Gost Writer), but because of their foreign sales division as well.

Fair Game, based on Plame's book was scripted by Jez and John Butterworth. Her identity was allegedly leaked to the press to punish her husband, Joseph Walker, who had criticized the Bush administration.  She was ousted in 2003, and left the CIA in 2005.  The cast has Naomi Watts and Sean Penn headlining, as well as Michael Kelly, Bruce McGill, Polly Holiday, Noah Emmerich, Sam Shepard, and Tom McCarthy. The producers are Bill Pohlad (River Road), Janet and Jerry Zucker (Zucker Productions), Akiva Goldsman, Liman, and Jez Butterworth (Weed Road Pictures).

The movie played to distributors last week.  While some allegedly found it a bit 'talky', Summit co-chairs, Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, said "'Fair Game" is a very strong engaging thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The performances are fantastic, and Doug Liman has once again delivered a powerful film that harnesses all of the creative means at his disposal".

Imagination CEO, Ed Borgerding said, "We choose our partners based on a like-minded philosophy.  Participant, River Road, and Summit share our commitment to supporting films that not only entertain, but also raise awareness of issues and encourage social change."

Source: Variety
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