NEW YORK — FX will pay Sony Pictures TV up to $6 million for the exclusive four-year network window to the thriller “Identity.”
Columbia Pictures’ “Identity” joins two Paramount movies, “The Italian Job,” which FX will share with NBC, and “The Core,” as the latest movie buys engineered by the network.
FX’s goal is to pick up titles that will attract young adults, who are the predominant audience for the network’s original series, such as cop show “The Shield” and plastic surgery drama “Nip/Tuck,” which premieres July 22.
The network tends to schedule its strongest theatricals in primetime as lead-ins to firstrun episodes of its series, a strategy that has helped make FX’s “The Shield” one of the most successful original series in basic cable.
However, the strategy didn’t funnel lots of viewers to “Lucky,” FX’s ratings-challenged half-hour comedy-drama focusing on the colorful denizens of Las Vegas.
FX seeks out well-known movies that have previously played on broadcast and cable TV, such as this week’s “Ransom,” with Mel Gibson, and “The Client,” based on John Grisham’s novel. Net will also run this week two fresher titles in shared exclusive windows with its sister Fox network, “X-Men” and “Big Momma’s House,” both from 20th Century Fox.
All movies produced by Revolution Studios automatically go to the Fox network and FX as part of an output deal, and both nets are heavy buyers of movies from sister company 20th Century Fox such as the recent “Daredevil,” although there are no formal output arrangements between the divisions.
“Identity,” a murder mystery about 10 strangers who are killed off one by one at a desolate motel, grossed $51.3 million in U.S. theaters. It stars John Cusack and Ray Liotta.