It was announced this week that Open Road Films has acquired all North American rights to ‘Labyrinth,’ an upcoming crime-drama starring Johnny Depp.
The film will be directed by Brad Furman, and Open Road has also acquired rights in key international territories where the distributor has output agreements. The deal was announced by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and producer Miriam Segal. The film is scheduled to begin production in mid-November.
“LABYRINTH is an edgy and timely investigative thriller that will make a great addition to our slate,” stated Ortenberg. “Johnny Depp is perfect for the project and we are thrilled to be in business with him, Miriam Segal, Brad Furman and the rest of the filmmaking team.”
Miram Segal stated, “I am very excited and so looking forward to working with Johnny [Depp] and Open Road on this incredible project. It is also a pleasure to be reunited with Brad [Furman] to bring this incomparable script to life.”
In LABYRINTH, disgraced L.A.P.D. detective, Russell Poole (Depp), is a beaten man, unable to solve his biggest case – the murders of music icons Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. After two decades, the case remains open. “Jack” Jackson, a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. He tracks down Poole, and the two enter into an uneasy partnership to finally put this case to rest. As Poole relives the unbelievable story of power, corruption and crime, Jackson begins to unravel a growing web of scandal and deception. Relentless in their hunt for the truth, these two broken men threaten to crack the foundation of the L.A.P.D. all the while fighting for their own redemption.
Miriam Segal and her Good Films (The Infiltrator, Good, Love Is The Devil) are producing. Brad Furman (The Infiltrator, The Lincoln Lawyer) is directing from a “Black List” script by Christian Contreras which was adapted from Randall Sullivan’s book of the same name.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, CEO, and Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Elliott Kleinberg; and by UTA Independent Film Group and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers along with Good Universe. Depp is represented by UTA, and Furman and Contreras are represented by WME. MIRAMAX’s EVP of Film & TV, Zanne Devine, and Rosanne Korenberg, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, negotiated on behalf of MIRAMAX.