Berlin: Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Imitation Game’ Picked Up by Weinstein Co.

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In a major Berlin sale, the Weinstein Co. has bought U.S. rights to Alan Turing drama “The Imitation Game,” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley starring, for $7 million.

Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) directed the project, based on the life story of crypotgrapher and mathematician Turing, who cracked the German “Enigma Code” during WWII and was later prosecuted by the British government in the early 1950s for being a homosexual.

CAA brokered the deal at Berlin, presenting a promo reel of scenes.

“Imitation Game” also stars Mark Strong and Matthew Goode. Producers are Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman.

Warner Bros. originally developed the project after Graham Moore’s script landed at the top of  the 2011 Black List. “The Imitation Game” is based on the biography “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.

In September at the Toronto Film Festival, TWC also paid $7 million for U.S. rights to John Carney’s “Can a Song Save Your Life?,” which also stars Knightley.

The news was first reported by the Deadline.com site.

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  1. ITTTY IT says:

    MORE celebrations of TOTALITARIAN TECHNOCRACY.

    MORE! —-STILL MORE! —done-to-death WWII themess!

  2. cc says:

    Just put bc mark strong amd matt goode in any movie amd u cant go wrong!

    • marmeladexxx says:

      Yeah, the film will totally great because of Mark Strong in a tiny supporting role and absolutely not because Benedict Cumberbatch, one of the greatest actors alive, will play the lead.

      • Anna says:

        Erm the original poster actually included Benedict Cumberbatch in their reasons why a movie will be great, they just referred to him as “bc” (“bc mark strong and matt goode”) don’t worry, no one is going to overlook BC. But Mark Strong, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode are all fantastic actors too. The whole cast seems stellar and I think we’re so lucky that this incredibly important story about this amazing man is going to be told by these talented people.

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