Open Road Films has acquired all North American rights to Labyrinth, a project starring Johnny Depp and centering on the murders of music icons Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.
Brad Furman will direct the project. Open Road has also acquired rights in key international territories where the distributor has output agreements. Miramax is partnering and co-financing with Open Road Films for U.S. distribution. Good Universe is handling international sales for remaining territories.
Depp will play Russell Poole, the disgraced L.A.P.D. detective whose biggest case — the murders of music icons Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. — remains unsolved. “Jack” Jackson, a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. He tracks down Poole, and the two enter into an uneasy partnership to finally put this case to rest. As Poole relives the unbelievable story of power, corruption and crime, Jackson begins to unravel a growing web of scandal and deception. Relentless in their hunt for the truth, these two broken men threaten to crack the foundation of the L.A.P.D. all the while fighting for their own redemption.
Production is slated for mid-November. Miriam Segal and her Good Films are producing. Christian Contreras wrote the script based on Randall Sullivan’s book of the same name.
“Labyrinth is an edgy and timely investigative thriller that will make a great addition to our slate,” said Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, in a statement. “Johnny Depp is perfect for the project and we are thrilled to be in business with him, Miriam Segal, Brad Furman and the rest of the filmmaking team.”
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, CEO, and Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Elliott Kleinberg; and by UTA Independent Film Group and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers along with Good Universe.