Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in ‘Blood Mountain’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Benedict Cumberbatch Star 'Blood Mountain' (EXCLUSIVE)

Altitude to present project to buyers at European Film Market in Berlin

LONDON — Benedict Cumberbatch has been attached to star in the thriller “Blood Mountain,” which Altitude Film Sales will be shopping to international buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. UTA Independent Film Group is repping North American rights.

Sergei Bodrov (“Mongol,” “Seventh Son”) will direct, and Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Kill Bill”), Nicola Horlick and James Gibb are producing. Jonathan W. Stokes penned the original script, with revisions by John Romano.

The film follows a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. With a bounty at stake and insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them, the two find themselves facing not only their enemies, but each other in their fight for survival.

Principal photography is slated to begin in April in Morocco.

Shaun Redick is exec producing alongside Rachel Green of Derby Street Films and Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment.

Silver Reel will finance the film with executives Claudia Bluemhuber and Ian Hutchinson also serving as exec producers on the project. Skady Lis of Germany’s Getaway Pictures will serve as a co-producer on the film.

UTA Independent Film Group helped arrange financing for the project.

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  1. Maria says:

    Benedict was at a BBC Radio recording at the weekend. he told people there he will no-longer be starring in Blood Mountain. He didn’t give a reason.

  2. Lilacs says:

    This odd looking fellow is the reason his movies have not successful in the States. I will not pay ticket money to see him in anything.

    • Annie says:

      “have not successful”, are you even American?

      Pardon me, I must have missed the memo that said that one judges the (artistic) value of a movie based on it’s success in the States… I should have known.
      I also didn’t know that ST Into Darkness and The Hobbit 2 were not successfull over there, what a shame.

    • AJ says:

      excuse me i think you spelled “extremely attractive” wrong

    • Jo Dee says:

      So you’ll only pay for movies that have beautiful people in them..? Anyway, I’m pretty sure the majority of his films have been successful (whether or not he is the lead). Examples: Star Trek, The Hobbit, Atonement, War Horse, Hawking, Sherlock – all have been extremely successful. The only one I can think of that hasn’t is Fifth Estate, but it seemed that the consensus was that his acting in it was great, but the movie itself wasn’t successful.

    • elena says:

      States aren’t the whole world, man)

    • Ada says:

      Your loss then, and you really sound like some other actors’ jealous fans, honey.

  3. Jo Dee says:

    Blood Mountain sounds so similar to Crimson Peak, I thought this was a joke at first… :P

  4. John T D'Alessanddro says:

    This actor was miscast in August/Osage County. What made any body think he could play a weak, sorta lame brained Southern Boy. He is the new Sherlock Holmes and should stick with it, but with more sensible plots. The opening episode in the new season was mixed up, confusing, and terrible. He is good but the writers need to be caned a bit . J D’Alessandro Philadelphia

    • GO says:

      Well, I think he’s sweet and fantastic in August Osage County; his scenes with Julianne Nicholson are much needed fresh air for this movie. The play is what it is, but if possible, I’d like to see a movie about Ivy and Little Charles with Cumberbatch and Nicholson.

  5. marmeladexxx says:

    @jones: well, if Bodrov does it, it surely won’t be “cheap”. He did “Mongol”, fantastic film.

  6. Avrum Fine says:

    I hope this will be as good as the 1965 camp classic “Legend of Blood Mountain.”

  7. elena says:

    Benedict, please… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….

    • EDC says:

      Why not? An acclaimed director, an interesting premise and a small indie project; much better than quickly wasting time on more Sherlock, which has become a self-indulged, crowd-pleasing cliche.

    • marmeladexxX says:

      Why not? It’s a blacklist script, and Oscar nominated director, a great controversial story. It will be great!

      • Jones says:

        Ehhh… Haven’t seen the revisions, but original was just a cheap knock of Defiant Ones. Modernized for Western/Arab hatred & distrust of course.

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