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Toronto: "The Hurt Locker" sold to Summit Entertainment

September 10, 2008 | 10:38 am

"The Hurt Locker," directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, sold early Wednesday, according to Variety, when distributor Summit Entertainment finished a deal with financier Voltage Pictures for the American rights to the film.

The film is a bracing look at the Iraq war from the soldiers' point of view (see the LAT "Hurt Locker" feature). Despite the rough box-office returns so far for films dealing with current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Summit presumably thinks, as do the filmmakers, that the movie will attract audiences with its action bravado.

A subsequent announcement reveals that Summit plans to release the film in 2009. Another Summit title, "The Brothers Bloom," had its world premiere in Toronto on its way to opening in limited release in December.

-- Mark Olsen