Rachel Weisz Drama ‘Denial’ Bought by Bleecker Street for North America

Bleecker Street has acquired North American rights to Rachel Weisz’s courtroom drama “Denial,” based on the Deborah E. Lipstadt book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”

Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall are also starring with Mick Jackson directing. David Hare adapted the script, which recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment alongside Shoebox Films. Participant Media developed the project with BBC Films, and they are co-financing as well.

Cornerstone Films is handling international sales at the American Film Market.

Hilary Swank had been attached to the project earlier at Cannes when it was shopped to buyers.

“Mick Jackson’s film will recount this incredible, unbelievable story of two people pitted against each other in a battle over truth, history and integrity,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street.

The deal was negotiated for Bleecker Street by Karpen and Avy Eschenasy, with Jonathan King and Gabe Brakin for Participant Media.

“Deborah Lipstadt teaches history, but her own story is about what is happening right now all around us,” said Jonathan King of Participant. “‘Denial’ shows how one person can make a difference in the world by standing up for what is right.”

Weisz most recently starred in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth.” Wilkinson recently wrapped on “Snowden.”

Weisz is represented by Independent Talent Group, WME, and Brillstein. Wilkinson is represented by Lou Coulson Associates and Gotham/Principal.  Spall is represented by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and managed by Berwick & Kovacik.

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