By Jeremy Kay (SCREENDAILY)
Chairman and CEO Roman Kopelevich has acquired international sales rights to the starry duo of heist thriller Pawn and revenge tale Officer Down and will commence talks with EFM buyers next week.
David A Armstrong’s Pawn is said to be in the vein of Inside Man and stars Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Common, Sean Faris and Nikki Reed.
Jeff Most, Michael Becker and Brad Luff are producing alongside Michael Chiklis, who produces for the first time through his Extravaganza Productions.
Brian A Miller’s Officer Down stars Stephen Dorff, Dominic Purcell, Stephen and James Woods in the story of a rogue police officer out to avenge a young woman’s death. Most produced with Jeff Bozz of Give Entertainment and Mohammed Zahoor of Tanarm Pictures.
“I am thrilled to be selling the rights to such distinctly different and provocative films,” Kopelevich said. “With stellar casts, the two films are commercial and we believe will set themselves apart from the rest of the market.
Kopelevich, who founded Beverly Hills-based production, financing and sales company Red Sea Media in November 2011, negotiated both deals on behalf of Red Sea Media with Most and Elsa Ramo on behalf of the producers.
“We are proud to be associated with Red Sea Media,” Most said. “We believe Roman Kopelevich and team, are well positioned to properly market and sell our films to foreign buyers; and we are extremely pleased to be a part of the initial slate of this vibrant company, which we know will make an impression in an obviously competitive market.”
Red Sea’s other recent acquisitions include West Texas Lullaby starring Val Kilmer, The Frozen starring Brit Morgan, The Stoning Of Soraya M starring Jim Caviezel and A White Trash Christmas starring Taryn Manning, Eric Roberts and Beverly D’Angelo.
Kopelevich most recently served as head of sales at Bleiberg Entertainment. He works at Red Sea Media with Roman Viaris and the company is funded by a group of Russian investors.