Director moves forward on 'Getting Out'

Sidney Lumet has inked a deal with Funky Buddha Group to finance his next two films, with an option for a third.

Shingle most recently collaborated with Lumet on the helmer’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which ThinkFilm opened two weeks ago.

Under the deal, Lumet will move forward first on the prison breakout movie “Getting Out,” based on his original script. Story centers on a man desperate to regain his freedom while entangled in deadly head games with his prison psychiatrist and the woman he desires.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in January.

Funky Buddha’s Paul Parmar will produce alongside Michael Cerenzie.

Parmar and Cerenzie also worked together on ThinkFilm’s “My Sexiest Year” and the upcoming Tony Kaye-helmed “Black Water Transit.” Cerenzie recently launched a partnership with Christine Peters’ CP Prods., which has a first-look deal at Paramount Pictures.

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