FX shells out for ‘Gang’

Net pays $9.5 mil for the Rock's 'Gridiron'

NEW YORK — FX will lay out a total of about $9.5 million for the first network window to three Columbia theatricals, led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starrer “Gridiron Gang.”

“Gridiron Gang,” which will gross $40 million or so in U.S. theaters, becomes available to FX on a four-year license term beginning in February 2009. Columbia reserves the right to sell “Gang” to a broadcast network within FX’s window.

The two other Columbia titles are “The Covenant,” the supernatural thriller directed by Renny Harlin, which grossed $23.3 million domestically, and “Crossover,” a college-basketball drama that grossed $7 million. FX gets “Covenant” in December 2008 and “Crossover” in January 2009.

Before FX, the movies will get exclusive runs on Starz as part of a multiyear pay TV output deal.

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