katherine_heigl2EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is getting into further into business with Katherine Heigl, one of the few actresses who has proven some box office drawing power.  Lionsgate has closed a deal to acquire U.S. distribution rights to One for the Money, an adaptation of the Janet Evanovich crime novel series that  Heigl will star in.  The Last Song director Julie Ann Robinson will helm an adaptation that’s been rewritten by Nurse Jackie writer Liz Brixius.

Heigl also stars in Killers, which Lionsgate releases June 4. One For The Money was acquired from Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi producing with Sidney Kimmel and Wendy Finerman. Lakeshore’s Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Nick Meyer’s Sierra Pictures are selling international distribution.  Lionsgate COO/Motion Picture Group president Joe Drake made the deal with Rosenberg and Kimmel.

Heigl plays a 30ish divorcee who gets a job with her slimy cousin in the bail bond business. Her first big case involves a local cop wanted for murder who is the guy who broke her heart in high school. This leads to suspense, murder, and some romance.