Starz Digital has sealed the deal on Zeke and Simon Hawkins’ directorial debut We Gotta Get Out Of This Place after a courtship that began last September at the Toronto Film Festival. The gritty South Texas-set thriller premiered at TIFF before winning the Audience Award at AFI Fest and stars up-and-comers Jeremy Allen White (Shameless), Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment, AMC’s Halt And Catch Fire), and Logan Huffman (V) as teenage pals in a dead-end town who are forced to pull off a heist by a brutal cotton farmer (Lost‘s Mark Pellegrino). William Devane and Jon Gries also co-star in the pic, which was scripted by Dutch Southern and produced by Justin Duprie and Brian Udovich for Rough & Tumble Films. “I hope this can become a Red Rock West kind of film, where a kid coming up 20 years from now says they saw it and it inspired them to become a filmmaker,” Udovich told Deadline. Starz acquired all rights for the U.S. and Canada and is plotting a late summer/early fall limited theatrical run and multiplatform digital and VOD release. The company’s been pacting left and right on TV and film projects; this marks the second feature acquisition announced during SXSW by Starz’s head of acquisitions Kevin Kasha, who moved up from Anchor Bay in January. Submarine’s Josh Braun negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
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