Philip Seymour Hoffman

Project adapted from John le Carre novel

Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to spy thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe.

The studio has not set a release date for the film, directed by Anton Corbijn from Andrew Bovell’s script, adapted from the John le Carre novel of the same name.

The film is produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood through their Potboiler Prods. and Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell from The Ink Factory.

Story is centered on a Chechen-Russian immigrant who arrives in Hamburg to claim his late father’s suspiciously acquired fortune, putting both German and U.S. security agencies on alert. Hoffman portrays Gunther Bachmann, chief of a covert German spy unit.

Demarest Films financed the equity on the project and controlled U.S. rights. William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt of Demarest exec produced along with Tessa Ross of Film 4 and Le Carre.

The deal was negotiated by Glen Basner for FilmNation, Englebardt and John Sloss.

News of the distribution deal was first reported by Deadline.com.

 

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