Sundance Film Fest 2009: Fuqua's Brooklyn Finest Acquired by Senator

Senator Distribution acquired North American rights to Antoine Fuqua's policier drama “Brooklyn's Finest” on Saturday night, 24 hours after its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Senator paid under $5 million but made an eight-figure P&A commitment, and will release the film in the fall for awards consideration.

The cast includes Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, and Don Cheadle as cops battling their ethical and moral dilemmas.  Hawke received a Supporting Oscar nomination for Fuqua's previous cop drama, “Training Day,” for which Denzel washington won the Best Actor Oscar. 

Since the film is a work in progress, Mark Urman said talks continued the next day with Fuqua, focusing on delivery issues. The music is still temporary and there are discussions about reworking the ending.  “Being from Brooklyn, this film is important to me,” said Urman. He wouldn't specificy the price paid but said it was a “strong, muscular figure.”