Bank on ‘Scorched’

Winchester grabs Grazer's caper comedy

TORONTO — Los Angeles and London-based financier and distributor Winchester Films has acquired worldwide rights to “Scorched,” directed by Gavin Grazer and starring John Cleese, Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone and Rachael Leigh Cook.

Pic, currently in post-production, was produced by Neverland Films principals Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt and Eugene Musso. Joe Wein penned the screenplay from a story he wrote with Max Wein. Among the pic’s exec producers are Winchester’s Hadeel Reda and company CEO Gary Smith.

Winchester Films distribution will release the pic in the U.K; company will serve as the pic’s exclusive sales agent for all other territories, including North America. Distribs will get their first glimpse of the comedy at the upcoming London Screening and MIFED, where worldwide sales agent Jonathan Dana and attorney Mark Halloran will continue to serve as consultants on the pic.

A classic caper comedy made contemporary, “Scorched” is set in the Southwest and centers on three bank employees who each plan to rob the bank, with no knowledge of the others’ plans.

“The film’s humor is commercial and works on many levels,” Reda told Daily Variety. “We are sure it will travel well.”

Winchester financed the recent MGM release “Heartbreakers.” The company co-financed and is exclusive sales agent for worldwide rights to Toronto Intl. Film Festival pic “The Last Orders,” directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

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