EXCLUSIVE: High Octane Pictures has picked up North American rights to thriller Skyscraper Escape (previously known as Crystal Inferno), starring Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black) and Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica).

After striking a deal with French seller Free Dolphin International, High Octane plans to release Skyscraper Escape later this summer. In the film, directed by Eric Summer (Leap!), disaster strikes a downtown high-rise when a gas leak causes a ferocious explosion, setting ablaze the towering mass of metal and glass. On the 20th floor, Brianna (Forlani) and Tom (Bamber), a couple in the middle of a divorce settlement, are forced to work together to help save their two children.

“High Octane Pictures is excited to bring this very exciting film to US and Canadian audiences,” said Galen Christy, founder of High Octane Pictures. “This is a film that has it all – first-rate performances, terrific action, a thrilling, high-concept storyline and state-of-the-art visual effects. It’s the perfect Summer movie experience.”