Sony Pictures has acquired Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming crime thriller “Caught Stealing,” which will star Austin Butler. The film follows Hank Thompson, a former baseball player, as he becomes embroiled in the criminal underworld of 1990s New York City. Aronofsky expressed excitement about working with Sony Pictures again and bringing the story to life with Butler and a team of New York City filmmakers.

The script for “Caught Stealing” will be penned by Charlie Huston, based on his book of the same name. The project will be produced by Protozoa. Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group president Sanford Panitch praised the collaboration, citing Aronofsky’s talent as a storyteller and the opportunity to adapt Huston’s books for Butler to star in. Butler, known for his roles in “Elvis” and “Dune: Part 2,” is set to star in other upcoming projects such as “The Bikeriders” and the film adaptation of “City on Fire,” which he will also produce.

Aronofsky is represented by CAA, Narrative, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, while Butler is represented by WME, Anonymous Content, Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern, and The Lede Company. Huston is represented by Katz Golden Lerner and Writers House. The news was initially reported by Deadline, announcing Sony Pictures’ acquisition of “Caught Stealing” and the involvement of Aronofsky, Butler, and Huston in the project.

The film is described as an adrenaline-soaked roller coaster ride set in the gritty underworld of 1990s NYC. Aronofsky’s previous works include acclaimed films such as “The Whale,” “Requiem for a Dream,” and “Black Swan,” showcasing his skill as a director with a unique visual style. With Butler’s rising star power and a compelling script by Huston, “Caught Stealing” promises to be an intense and gripping thriller that will captivate audiences.

The collaboration between Aronofsky, Butler, and Sony Pictures signals a promising project that brings together talented individuals with a shared vision for creating compelling cinema. With a strong team in place, including experienced producers and a talented cast, “Caught Stealing” has the potential to be a standout film in the crime thriller genre. As production on the film moves forward, fans can anticipate an exciting and immersive cinematic experience that will showcase the talents of all involved.

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