Pierce Brosnan has pacted with Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s Intermedia Films to produce and star in “Blood and Champagne,” a period romantic drama about war photographer Robert Capa. Intermedia is in discussions with MGM to handle the film’s domestic distribution.
Writers David Bernath and Alex Kershaw, who brought the project to Brosnan, based their pitch upon Kershaw’s article “Up Close and Personal,” which was published in London’s Guardian Weekend section in July 1998.
“Blood” will examine a previously unplumbed 18-month period of Capa’s brief but tumultuous life. Born Andre Friedmann in 1913, he was forced to flee his Hungarian homeland at 17 because of his political activism. After moving to Paris and discovering his talent for photography, Capa took his camera to the Spanish Civil War and WWII. He later shot portraits of luminaries ranging from Truman Capote to Pablo Picasso. In 1954, he died at the age of 40 after stepping on a land mine while on assignment in Indochina.
Brosnan will produce “Blood” with Beau St. Clair, his partner in production company Irish DreamTime Prods., which has a first-look deal with MGM.
Kershaw, who is penning a Capa bio that will be published by Harcourt Brace in 2002, initially gained Hollywood’s attention when he sold his biography “Jack London: A Life” to director Michael Mann in 1996. Kershaw and Bernath are repped by manager Bettina Sophia Viviano.