Samuel Goldwyn and Red Envelope have jointly acquired “Trumbo,” a star-studded doc that preemed in Toronto.
Directed by Peter Askin (“Company Man”), the pic has a cast including Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Nathan Lane, Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn and Donald Sutherland.
Using archive material, notably the scribe’s own resonant letters read by the cast, the film traces Dalton Trumbo’s path from Hollywood royalty to blacklisted writer to Academy Award winner.
The film is based on a 2003 play written by Trumbo’s son, Christopher. Dennehy, Giamatti and Lane all performed in the play, which has been mounted in many cities.
The film is slated to be released in late spring.
Trumbo was one of Hollywood’s top-paid screenwriters in the 1940s but then was blacklisted in 1947. He wrote several scripts under pseudonyms including “The Brave One” (for which he won an Oscar under the name Robert Rich), “Roman Holiday,” “Exodus” and “Spartacus.”
He was reinstated into the Writers Guild of America in 1960.