Cineville options rights to Nickles pic

CANNES — Cineville has optioned the rights to “The Last Lane,” written and to be directed by Michael Nickles (“Desert Winds”).

Film is expected to start shooting August in North Carolina, and is being produced by Edward Burns and Aaron Lubin through Burns’ production company Marlboro Road Gang.

Carl Colpaert and Annabelle Frankl of Cineville are exec producing. WMA Independent’s Cassian Elwes and Shaun Redick are packaging and will help raise financing for the pic with Cineville, who are handling international sales on the pic through its newly formed sales arm CV1. Attorney Karl Austen brokered deal on pic with WMA Independent, Burns and Marlboro Gang’s reps.

Set on a rural resort island in North Carolina, “Lane” chronicles the lives of several native islanders during an emotional summer as a devastating hurricane threatens to destroy the town. Burns, repped by AMG and WMA, is attached to play a supporting role in the film.

“Lane” marks the first production from Marlboro Road Gang, repped by WMA, which Burns did not write and direct himself. Marlboro Road Gang has produced “The Brothers McMullen,” “She’s the One,” “No Looking Back,” and the upcoming releases “Sidewalks of New York” and “Ash Wednesday.”

Cineville has produced such films as “Swimming With Sharks,” “Hurly-Burly,” “Gas Food Lodging,” “The Whole Wide World” and “Mi Vida Loca.” Company is currently in negotiations with several international distributors on “Lane,” including Multi Media Film Distribution in Italy, Metropolitan Films in France and Smile Entertainment in Scandinavia.

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