Dimension Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the heist comedy The Black Marks, starring Kurt Russell. Russell has been fairly quiet since portraying Stuntman Mike in Death Proof, but probably couldn’t resist the offer to play someone by the name of “Crunch Calhoun”.
According to Deadline, The Black Marks was written by the film’s director, Jonathan Sobol (A Beginner's Guide to Endings), and co-stars Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel (She's Out of My League). Production is expected to begin later this month in Canada.
The plot is described as: Crunch Calhoun, a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off just one more lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother Nicky. Crunch reassembles the old team and comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another, far riskier, plan devised by Nicky. What the brothers don’t realize is they each have their own agenda and their plan goes awry in this con movie about brotherhood, honor and revenge.
When you think of Dimension Films you usually think of horror as they have had the most success with that genre. They haven’t been as fortunate with comedy, but with Bob Weinstein seeming to have the midas touch lately, perhaps this one will be different. We’ll see.