Alliance picks up ’44 Inch Chest’

Gangster film stars Ray Winstone

Alliance Films has snapped up U.K. and Canadian rights to Anonymous Content’s $8 million Brit gangster pic “44 Inch Chest.”

Canada-based Alliance’s U.K. subsid Momentum Pictures will release the film in Blighty.

Script by “Sexy Beast” writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto follows a man (to be played by Ray Winstone) and his friends who take revenge on his cheating wife by kidnapping her Italian lover. John Hurt, Ian McShane and Tim Roth will also star.

Ensembler, which begins shooting in London early next year, marks the feature debut for ad director Malcolm Venville. Steve Golin and Richard Brown produce for Anonymous Content.

Deal was announced by Stuart Ford, chief exec of IM Global, which is handling worldwide sales, and Alliance Films prexy of distribution Xavier Marchand.

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