Cannes: Lionsgate Lands U.S. Rights to ‘Genius,’ Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to the literary drama “Genius” for under $4 million, Variety has confirmed.

The film chronicles the relationship between celebrated Scribner book editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and U.S. novelist Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Perkins was the editor of F. Scott Fitzergald, Ernest Hemingway and Wolfe. Written by John Logan, the film is in post-production.

The cast also includes Laura Linney, Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce (as F. Scott Fitzgerald) and Dominic West (as Ernest Hemingway).

CAA is handling U.S. rights, with FilmNation selling the film in international territories.

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