Pic follows a British banker who tries to help a young Muslim immigrant — the son of a Chechen peasant and a Russian officer — targeted by the U.S., British and German secret services after he is taken in by a Turkish family in Hamburg. Penned by Andrew Bovell (“Edge of Darkness”), the pic is expected to go into production this winter.
Malte Grunert’s Hamburg and Berlin-based Amusement Park Films is producing the film, which has received €900,000 ($1.3 million) in backing from regional film board Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.
The recently launched Amusement Park, which focuses on local and international features, is also producing David Mackenzie’s “Stain on the Snow,” a postwar coming-of-age tale based on Georges Simenon’s novel, as well as an East German love story penned by Bille August and Lone Scherfig and co-produced with Denmark’s Zentropa.
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Dutch-born photographer Corbijn’s last film was George Clooney starrer “The American,” while he kicked off his feature helming career with “Control,” a biopic of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.
Swedish helmer Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of le Carre’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, hits theaters later this year.
Grunert produced Mackenzie’s rock comedy “You Instead” as well as “Perfect Sense,” starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green.