Miramax gets ‘Monument’

Company nabs vid rights to Ted Demme crime drama

NEW YORK — Miramax Films has acquired the video, TV and non-theatrical U.S. rights to Ted Demme’s crime drama “Monument Ave.,” which Lions Gate will release theatrically on Sept. 25.

The story of petty criminals in Charlestown, a working-class Irish enclave of Boston, will be shown as the opening night film at the Boston Film Festival on Thursday. Pic was written by Mike Armstrong and stars Denis Leary, Famke Janssen, Ian Hart, Billy Crudup, Colm Meaney, Martin Sheen and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Formerly known as “Snitch” and “Noose,” “Monument Ave.” screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the SXSW fest in Austin, Texas. It was produced by Demme and Joel Stillerman of Spanky Pictures, Jim Serpico of Apostle, Nicolas Clermont of Filmline Intl. and Elie Samaha of Phoenician Films.

The acquisition was negotiated on behalf of Miramax by Charles Layton, exec vice president, office of the co-chairman, and Andrew Herwitz, senior veepee for acquisitions and business affairs.

Lions Gate president Jeff Sackman negotiated on behalf of the company. Clermont negotiated on behalf of Filmline and was repped by attorney Danny Levinson of Heenan Blaikie.

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