Studio nabs distribution rights to crime thriller

Lionsgate has picked U.S. distribution rights to Katherine Heigl crime-thriller “One for the Money,” from Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

“One for the Money” is based on the first tome in Janet Evanovich’s bestselling Stephanie Plum series. Julie Ann Robinson will direct. Liza Brixius is currently rewriting the adapted script.

At the age of 30, Plum finds herself newly divorced and without a job. Living in Trenton, N.J., she takes a job with her slimy cousin in the bail bond business. Her first big case: A local cop wanted for murder who just happens to be the guy who broke her heart in high school.

Lakeshore’s Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Nick Meyer’s Sierra Pictures are handling international distribution and will be selling foreign rights at Cannes.

Acquisition was announced by Lionsgate COO/MOtion Picture Group prexy Joe Drake, Lakeshore chair/CEO Tom Rosenberg and SKE chair Sidney Kimmel.

Producers are Lakeshore’s Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, Kimmel and Wendy Finerman (“The Devil Wears Prada”).

“Janet Evanovich has created an extraordinary literary character in Stephanie Plum. Katherine Heigl is the perfect actress to bring Stephanie to the screen. Gary Lucchesi and I are thrilled to be reunited with her after our wonderful experience on ‘The Ugly Truth,'” Rosenberg said.

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