Trio backs Apted’s ‘Enigma’

Prod'n companies lining up financing, thesps for $15-20 mil pic

Guy East and Nigel Sinclair’s Intermedia has teamed with Mick Jagger’s Jagged Films and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video to arrange financing and worldwide distribution for the feature “Enigma,” the parties announced May 14 at a press luncheon at the Hotel du Cap.

Michael Apted takes the helm of the Tom Stoppard-scripted pic, which Jagger will co-produce with Michaels. East, Sinclair and Michael White will serve as executive producers along with Apted; Jagged Films’ Victoria Pearman will co-executive produce.

“Enigma” is based on Stoppard’s adaptation of the Robert Harris thriller, chronicling a young man’s frantic dash to crack the Nazi U-boat codes at Blechley during World War II. The intrigue ignites when the chief code cracker realizes his girlfriend and close colleague might be a German spy.

Giving the film its potential marketing tagline, Apted said the pic “is about decoding love while decoding war — a love story set against a major political event.” Apted, who is finishing “42 Up,” the fifth in his docu series, says the producers have made offers to a few actors for some of the five main roles — all twentysomethings recruited by the British government for their mathematical and analytical prowess. The parties refused to name the actors. Pic is slated to begin production in August in England.

“Enigma” originally had been set up at Paramount under Michaels’ deal with the studio, but now Intermedia will begin pre-selling the worldwide distribution rights to finance the $15 million-$20 million indie pic.

Jagged also is producing “The Map of Love,” a love story about the complex and volatile relationship between Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin, as they travel from Wales to Los Angeles. Emily Watson has committed to star as Caitlin in the film, which Christopher Monger wrote and will direct. Summit is handling international sales.

The L.A.-based indie also is branching out with film projects that include a music-oriented comedy based on Jagger’s original idea, which the company is in talks to set up at Paramount; and an animated film to be produced in conjunction with L.A. media firm Storyopolis.