Oscilloscope acquires ‘Wasteland’

Plans 2013 release for Moli-Mischief film

A month after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Rowan Athale’s heist thriller “Wasteland” from Bankside Films and plans a 2013 release.

Moli-Mischief film, starring Luke Treadaway (“Clash of the Titans”), was produced by Gareth Pritchard of Mischief Films with Mark Foligno of MoliFilms and Ed Barratt of Hook Pictures. Story centers on a young Englishman recently released from prison who recruits his three best friends and devises a complex scheme to rob the local drug kingpin — who also happens to be the reason for his incarceration — while trying to win back his reluctant but still-caring ex-girlfriend.

Variety’s Andrew Barker wrote in his review, “It’s an overlong Northern British heist caper with a wildly uneven tone and a needlessly scrambled narrative, but it suggests a higher intelligence beneath, waiting to flower down the road.”

Deal was negotiated by David Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope with Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films, who represented the filmmakers.

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