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IFC, sibs own ‘Unknown’

Weinstein Co. joins with indie studio for thriller rights

Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s temporarily monikered Weinstein Co. and IFC Films have jointly acquired North American rights to the ensemble thriller “Unknown,” starring Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Joe Pantoliano, Bridget Moynahan and Jeremy Sisto.

Pic, by tyro helmer Simon Brand and scribe Matthew Waynee, follows five men who wake up with no memory in a locked warehouse. Together they are forced to figure out who’s good and who’s evil in order to stay alive.

Pic was produced by Darby Parker, Rick Lashbrook and John S. Schwartz. Ross M. Dinerstein and Bobby Schwartz co-produced.

Greenstreet Intl. reps foreign rights on “Unknown.”

The project will roll out under the Weinsteins’ banner, which earlier this year forged a separate deal with IFC parent Rainbow Media Holdings that pairs the Weinsteins and Rainbow in the home-entertainment biz, foreign sales and the creation of a film library.

Currently in post, “Unknown” was packaged and sold off by ICM. Acquisitions execs Agnes Mentre and Michelle Krumm brought the film to the Weinsteins.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with new filmmakers and believe that Simon Brand will have a long career as a director,” Harvey Weinstein said of the project.

At their Miramax Films, which the Weinsteins will exit in September, the brothers teamed with IFC to release French pic “Les Choristes.”

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