By Nicole Sperling
Updated January 18, 2009 at 08:18 AM EST

Antoine Fuqua’s ultra-violent cop drama Brooklyn’s Finest has become the first high-profile sale of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Sources tell EW that the film — starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, and Ethan Hawke — was sold to Sony Pictures and Senator Entertainment (marking the first high-profile acquisition for that revamped company). Sources are mum on the purchase price, though they speculate that Brooklyn’s Finest went for something between $3 million and $4 million. One person familiar with the film said that the sale initially had been held up because of the back-end arrangements that producer Avi Lerner struck with his talent, allowing them to work for less money up front. Those deals could limit the profit the studios that have now bought the film can make. The movie will be distributed by Senator, with Sony handling home video.