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HanWay picks ‘Addiction’

'Picture's' Morgen to helm DeNoble docudrama

LONDON — HanWay Films has added docudrama “Addiction, Inc.” and mockumentary “Brothers of the Head” to its slate for worldwide sales.

“Addiction, Inc.,” to be directed by Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”), tells the story of scientist Victor DeNoble, the key witness in the current conspiracy and fraud case against tobacco giant Phillip Morris.

DeNoble designed a “safe” cigarette for Phillip Morris, but his invention was allegedly suppressed by the big-five tobacco companies.

The movie, scheduled to shoot in spring, will be produced by Charles Evans Jr.

“What seems like a topical story about headline issues reveals itself to be the ultimate moral tale,” said Evans. “Victor has not taken tobacco money in exchange for silence.”

“Brothers of the Head,” adapted by scripter Tony Grisoni from a Brian Aldiss novel, is directed by Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton.

Shot in quasi-documentary style, it purports to reveal the (fictional) story of conjoined twins who became punk rock stars in the 1970s.

Produced by Simon Channing Williams, pic is shooting with finance from FilmFour, EM Media and Screen East.

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