Cannes: Bryan Cranston’s Drug Drama ‘The Infiltrator’ Bought by Broad Green

The Infiltrator Bryan Cranston Diane Kruger
Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures

Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to “The Infiltrator,” starring Bryan Cranston, and set the drug drama for release next year.

The deal was closed Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where WME and Relativity International have been selling rights.

Brad Furman directed the film, based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same name. “The Infiltrator” stars Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez and Amy Ryan. Good Films’ Miriam Segal is producing with Bank Leumi, Good Films and LipSync co-financing.

Cranston portrays undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who became a pivotal player for drug lords in the 1980s after cleaning their dirty cash by trading on mob connections to become confidant to the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. The operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way to Pablo Escobar, with arrests leading to the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

Broad Green Pictures hired industry veteran Travis Reid as president of theatrical distribution on May 18. It said at that point that it planned to distribute a minimum of six films annually in wide release beginning in 2016 — giving it a slate of 12-16 films annually from internally developed productions, as well as acquisitions and co-productions.

Broad Green, founded last year by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has focused on adult-oriented dramas with an upcoming slate including “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield; “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford; Sarah Silverman’s “I Smile Back”; and three Terrence Malick films: “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and an untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.

The deal for “The Infiltrator” was brokered on behalf of the filmmakers by WME, while Dylan Wiley and Chris Tricarico handled for Broad Green.

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