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Lionsgate Acquires ‘A Most Wanted Man’; John Le Carre Adaptation Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman And Rachel McAdams

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to A Most Wanted Man, the Anton Corbijn-directed adaptation of the contemporary thriller novel by John le Carre. Corbijn has wrapped the film, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. Andrew Bovell adapted the novel. Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood produced through Potboiler Productions alongside Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell through The Ink Factory. They have not set a release date yet.

The focus is a Chechen-Russian immigrant who is on the run and arrives in Hamburg, trying to claim his late father’s suspiciously acquired fortune. Both U.S. and German security agencies go on high alert to figure out if he is an oppressed victim or an extremist bent on destruction. FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner and exec Alison Cohen made the deal. Demarest Films financed the equity on the project for U.S. rights, with William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt exec producers along with Film 4′s Tessa Ross. FilmNation is handling worldwide sales of the film, and negotiated with Lionsgate execs Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan and Wendy Jaffe. John Sloss, Jerry Dasti and Demarest’s Englebardt worked with FilmNation on the deal.

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William Monahan In Talks To Adapt Latest John Le Carré Novel ‘A Delicate Truth’

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 5:51am PDT

The Ink Factory, the production company behind A Most Wanted Man, is in advanced talks with Oscar-winning The Departed screenwriter William Monahan to script the adaptation of John Le Carré‘s latest novel, A Delicate Truth. The book tells the story of a man trying to unravel a conspiracy over a counter-terror operation. The movie is being developed with BBC Films and the book releases today. In keeping with the new vein of teasing books by video, check out the trailer: Read More »

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Firmed For John Le Carre’s ‘A Most Wanted Man’

Philip Seymour Hoffman has been firmed to star in the Anton Corbijn-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre spy thriller A Most Wanted Man. The film was on Deadline’s list of hot titles at Cannes.

In present day Hamburg, Germany, a mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue were a British private banker and a young female lawyer determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks.

The film was co-developed and will be co-financed by Film4 with Tessa Ross acting as Executive Producer.

Says Senator Entertainment AG CEO Helge Sasse: “A Most Wanted Man is an international bestseller set in Hamburg, Germany, and we are happy that the support of the Hamburg and Berlin subsidies made it possible for the producers to shoot it in Germany. So that made it a natural project, we’re pleased to be part in, as it not only fits Senator’s slate and is our kind of movie, it allows us to participate in the production a major international … Read More »

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James McTeigue Directing ‘Message From The King’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: V For Vendetta helmer James McTeigue has been set to direct Message From the King for FilmNation Entertainment. Scripted by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell (Unknown), the thriller centers on Jacob King, an enigmatic outsider who comes to LA to investigate the sudden disappearance of his sister. FilmNation Entertainment production head Aaron Ryder will produce with Rhodri Thomas of The Ink Factory and Ash Shah and production will begin in late fall with FilmNation handling international sales.

McTeigue just completed the John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe thriller The Raven for FilmNation and Intrepid Pictures. Relativity Media releasing the film March 9 and McTeigue and Ryder will do a little tub-thumping for the film at Comic-Con. “After working with James on The Raven and then seeing a cut of the film, it was very clear to us that we needed to make his next movie,” Ryder said.

Cornwell and Butcher are adapting the Warren Ellis graphic novel series Gravel for Legendary Pictures and Cornwell is a cofounder of The Ink Factory. That company is prepping an adaptation of John Le Carre’s A Most Wanted Man, which Anton Corbijn will direct. CAA reps McTeigue.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’

Mike Fleming

There’s a new trailer up for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the Tomas Alfredson-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre espionage novel. The film stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciaran Hinds. Oldman unbelievably has managed to exist as one of the most consistently great actors, without being nominated for an Oscar. From what I’ve heard, his performance in this movie provides Oldman with his strongest chance to be a serious contender to put a trophy on his mantel. Focus Features releases the film in the US on Nov. 18.

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‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ Gets Release Date, But Was Not Dropped By Universal

Mike Fleming

Reports about Universal’s dating of the John Le Carre adaptation Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on November 18 have blown out of proportion about what occurred. Reports make it sound like the movie changed hands. It hasn’t, at all. Universal-owned Focus Features will put the picture out, something that was a possibility way back when Deadline revealed that the picture was acquired as one of the hottest titles at the Berlin Film Festival. It feels more like a Focus film. But there was no fresh acquisition, and Universal hasn’t stepped away from the film. It’s the same company. The Tomas Alfredson-directed film stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds.

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Universal Acquires Hot Berlin Title ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ With Oscar Winner Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired domestic distribution rights to Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy, the Tomas Alfredson-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre novel that stars Gary Oldman, freshly minted Oscar winner Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds. The rights were held by Studiocanal, and the film was produced by Working Title. Universal is eyeing a November or December release for the picture, which is in post production. Script was written by Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan.

The project was one of the hottest titles shopped in Berlin, where buyers watched several minutes of footage and read the script for Afredson’s follow-up to Let the Right One In. I’m told that Universal, through its first look deal with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, had a first look that it initially didn’t exercise. Then the picture got hot, with The Weinstein Company and Summit Entertainment chasing it hard. I’ve heard the bidding was in the vicinity of $5 million for domestic rights before Universal swooped in and took the project off the table. Studiocanal, which fully financed the film, will distribute in the UK, France and Germany and is handling international sales throughout the rest of the world. Bevan and Fellner produce with Robyn Slovo, with Liza Chasin, Le Carre, Peter Morgan, Douglas Urbanski and Debra Hayward exec producing.

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