Image, Newmarket partner on ‘The Way Back’

Companies nab non-theatrical rights to Weir drama

Image Entertainment has partnered with Newmarket Films for all U.S. rights, excluding theatrical, to Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Theatrical run of “Way Back” will kick off Jan. 21 via a distribution partnership between Newmarket and Wrekin Hill.

Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell and Mark Strong appear in the pic, based on the true story detailed in Slavomir Rawicz’s book “The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom,” about a group of prisoners who escape from a Siberian gulag in 1940, walking across five countries to reach freedom.

“Way Back,” which preemed at the last year at the Telluride Film Festival, is produced under Exclusive Media Group’s Exclusive Films label, co-produced with National Geographic Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi.

CAA brokered the deal with Image.

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