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Millennium Entertainment Buys “Rampart” With Plans for an Oscar Push

Millennium Entertainment Buys "Rampart" With Plans for an Oscar Push

Millennium Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” starring Woody Harrelson, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in 1999, Harrelson portrays a Vietnam vet who’s now a cop in the Rampart precinct with an action hero’s sensibility. When caught on tape beating a suspect, he falls into a downward spiral.

Millennium plans to release the film theatrically this year, presumably aiming for an Oscar campaign.

CriticWIRE gave the film a B rating out of Toronto, with The Playlist’s Kevin Jagernauth describing it as “a searing and riveting look at a crooked cop’s decay… a great film.”

Written by Moverman and James Ellroy, the cast also includes Ben Foster, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon and Ice Cube. Moverman’s credits include cowriting and directing “The Messenger” and writing “I’m Not There” and “Jesus’ Son.”

Millennium Films’ head Mark Gill will consult on the film’s release. 

Producers are Lawrence Inglee, Foster, Clark Peterson and Ken Kao. Executive producers are Paul Currie, Michael DeFranco, Garrett Kelleher and Lila Yacoub.

Vincent Scordino negotiated the deal on behalf of Millennium Entertainment.  Alexis Garcia negotiated on behalf of WME Global.

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