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'Narc' Gets Cruise Control

18 Apr, 2002 By: Hive News

Paramount Pictures and Lions Gate Films have acquired domestic distribution rights to Narc, a favorite at the recent Sundance Film Festival.

“We are delighted that Paramount and Cruise/Wagner believe in this project as strongly as we do,” said Splendid Pictures' CEO David Glasser. “Their understanding of Joe Carnahan's extraordinary vision and their desire to support the fine production work of Ray Liotta and his partners at Tiara Blu will ensure that Narc receives the promotion, and hopefully the audience attention, that it deserves.”

Starring Jason Patric and Ray Liotta, the police thriller is written and directed by filmmaker Joe Carnahan. Diane Nabatoff, Ray Liotta and Michelle Grace's Tiara Blu Films and Jules Nasso produced the picture. David Glasser and Andreas Klein's Splendid Pictures financed and executive produced the film with Adam Stone. Cruise/Wagner Productions' Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner will also become executive producers.

“Having independently found this project, I am grateful and excited to be working with Paramount and Cruise/Wagner,'' said Liotta, whose credits include the recent hit John Q., Hannibal, Cop Land, Corrina, Corrina, Unlawful Entry, Goodfellas, Field of Dreams and Something Wild. “I am also very proud of the way this movie, which started out as an independent film, has gone on to capture so much attention.”

Narc tells the dark story of suspended undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Jason Patric), who is reluctantly drawn back onto the force to find the truth behind the murder of a young police officer killed in the line of duty. He is teamed with Henry Oak, the slain officer's partner (Ray Liotta), a rogue cop who will stop at nothing to avenge his friend's death. As Tellis and Oak unravel the case, the dark underbelly of the narcotics world reveals itself in ways more twisted than either officer has seen before and it threatens to destroy them both.

“We are excited that Cruise/Wagner Productions, known for nurturing new talent, came aboard this project, and we are delighted to be involved with this extraordinary film and the very talented filmmakers and cast,” said Rob Friedman, COO of Paramount Pictures and vice chairman of the Motion Picture Group. “This is an important addition to the Paramount lineup.”

“We have been excited about Narc since we first saw the script and Joe Carnahan's work almost a year and a half ago,'' said Lions Gate Entertainment vice chairman Michael Burns. “We're delighted to expand our relationship with Paramount Pictures as they, along with Cruise/Wagner, will help fulfill the film's potential. We are very enthused about Narc's provocative material, cutting-edge creative talent, A-list production team and outstanding critical and commercial potential.''

“This movie is very special to me,'' said Patric, whose credits include Your Friends & Neighbors, Rush, After Dark, My Sweet and The Lost Boys. “Knowing Paramount is behind it makes it even more special.”

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