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SUNDANCE: Anchor Bay Buys U.S. Rights to 'The Son of No One' for About $2 Million

Dito Montiel’s cop drama, starring Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta and Tracy Morgan, will receive a modest theatrical commitment.

The Hollywood Reporter
by Daniel Miller, Jay A. Fernandez

Anchor Bay has purchased U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Dito Montiel’s cop drama "The Son of No One" for about $2 million. The deal for the picture, produced by Millennium/Nu Image and Holly Wiersma, includes a modest theatrical commitment.

The two-year-old indie distributor has been active on the festival circuit, acquiring "Spread" at Sundance in 2009 for about $3.5 million, the Toronto 2009 entry "Solitary Man" (also Millennium) and the Tribeca 2009 comedy "City Island," which grossed more than $6 million this year. Anchor Bay will release "HappyThankYouMorePlease," a 2010 Sundance film originally picked up by its now-defunct sister division Overture, in March. It also picked up rights to the drama "Beautiful Boy" at Toronto in September.

"Son of No One," which had its world premiere at the Eccles Theatre in Park City, Utah, on Friday night to close the Sundance film festival, is the story of a young Queens police officer who must face his dark past when a longtime secret bubbles to the surface. "Son" stars Channing Tatum as the troubled cop, as well as Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta and Tracy Morgan.

Several sources indicate that Montiel may recut portions of the film's third act, which involves a violent rooftop standoff and an inserted title card that have befuddled critics. (Read The Hollywood Reporter’s review HERE.) The similarly gritty cop drama "Brooklyn's Finest" went through a similar editing process to tweak its grim ending before Overture released it in theaters last March. Millennium also produced that picture, which screened at Sundance in 2009 and received a DVD release through Anchor Bay.

Son became a hot topic at the festival after THR reported on the dozen or so audience members that walked out of the theater during the film’s first screening for press and industry on Jan. 24.

Montiel is the writer-director of the award-winning 2006 Sundance crime drama "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," another gritty New York-set feature.

WME, UTA and Cassian Elwes co-repped the film.