Sony makes ‘Statement’

Harwood adapted script from Moore novel

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S rights and additional territories to “The Statement,” a political thriller starring Michael Caine to be directed and produced by Norman Jewison.

Adapted by Ronald Harwood (“The Pianist”) from the novel by Brian Moore, “Statement” is the story of a man who once served as a Nazi executioner but now lives an anonymous life sheltered by right-wing elements within the Catholic Church. When a new investigation is launched, he becomes the target of hit men and police investigators.

Serendipity Point Films’ Robert Lantos, who acquired the property when it was published eight years ago, will produce.

“I look forward to working with Michael Caine, something that I have been trying to do over the last 25 years,” said Jewison. Though he’s a native of Toronto, this will be his first Canadian independent film. Jewison and Caine are repped by ICM.

Jewison’s films have earned more than 45 Academy nominations and 12 Oscars. He is also the recipient of the Academy’s Irving Thalberg Award.

Harwood received an Oscar nomination for 1983’s “The Dresser,” which he adapted from his own play.

Lantos’ producing credits include “Sunshine,” “The Sweet Hereafter” and the upcoming “Ararat.”

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