Col TriStar to ‘Lockdown’ worldwide rights

Pic deals with men mistakenly imprisoned

CANNES — Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group has picked up worldwide rights to Palm Pictures’ “Lockdown.”

“Lockdown,” which world premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, stars Richard T. Jones, Gabriel Casseus and hip-hop entrepreneur Master P, who also exec produced through his production entity No Limit Films. “Lockdown” follows three young men, mistakenly sentenced to prison, as they struggle to survive the brutal realities of prison life. Pic is John Luessenhop’s feature debut.

Palm Pictures’ head of acquisitions and production David Koh and Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group VP Benedict Carver and VP of biz affairs Matt Dixon brokered the deal.

“We wanted to be sure this film had the proper release and handling that Sony will provide,” said Koh.

CTMPG previously picked up James Toback’s “Black and White” from Palm.

At Cannes, Palm also is repping manga features “Blood: The Last Vampire,” “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and “Street Fighter Alpha.”

Palm’s next release is Doug Pray’s documentary on turntable DJs, “Scratch.” Screening on a promo reel at Cannes is the digital/world music project “1 Giant Leap,” featuring Michael Stipe, Stewart Copeland and other musicians.