WB to release kidnap thriller in fall 2010

Alcon Entertainment has bought Aaron Guzikowski’s spec “The Prisoners” and is fast-tracking the kidnap thriller for a fall 2010 release by Warner Bros.

The story centers on a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, the man turns vigilante and starts an investigation of his own.

Alcon, which paid mid-six against low-seven figures, will finance and co-produce with 8:38 Prods. and Madhouse Entertainment.

Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce, along with 8:38’s Kira Davis and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner. Robyn Meisinger exec produces.  

“The Prisoners” will be one of Alcon’s three “put” releases at Warner Bros. along with “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock, and “The Book of Eli,” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.

Mark Wahlberg had been attached to “The Prisoners” in March, when Endeavor was seeking to attach a director before taking the package out to studios (Daily Variety, March 6).

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