February 2, 2011 / 5:16 AM / 8 years ago

Cop drama scores U.S. distributor despite bad buzz

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The cop drama “The Son of No One,” which became a hot topic at Sundance after a dozen or so audience members walked out of the theater during a screening, has landed a U.S. distributor.

Anchor Bay has paid about $2 million for rights to writer-director Dito Montiel’s picture, which stars Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta and Tracy Morgan.

The film’s world premiere was the closing-night selection at the festival on Friday. The walkouts occurred during a screening for press and industry on January 24.

Tatum stars as a young Queens police officer who must face his dark past when a longtime secret bubbles to the surface.

“Atmospheric and intriguing but not wholly satisfying, it has enough genre appeal and star power to sell some tickets but may not benefit from word of mouth,” according to The Hollywood Reporter’s review.

Several sources indicate that Montiel may recut portions of the film’s third act, which involves a violent rooftop standoff and an inserted title card that have befuddled critics.

Montiel is the writer-director of the award-winning 2006 Sundance crime drama “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” another gritty New York-set feature.

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