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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Child in Time’ Sells to China

Vision Films has picked up China rights to upcoming story “The Child In Time.” The film, about a writer dealing with the disappearance of his daughter, stars and is produced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The pictures is adapted from Ian McEwan’s prize-winning novel and produced by Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV for BBC One in the UK and Masterpiece in the U.S. The screenplay is written by Stephen Butchard (“The Last Kingdom”) and directed by Julian Farino (“Entourage”).

The Child in Time” is the first TV drama produced by Cumberbatch’s U.K. production company SunnyMarch TV. Studiocanal, which is handling international rights, became an investment partner in SunnyMarch TV in 2016.

“’The Child in Time’ is an amazing piece of drama with a real cinematic look and feel. The performances of the entire cast, in particular that of Benedict Cumberbatch, are breath-taking. We are delighted to bring this exceptional story to cinema audiences throughout China,” said Ricky Qi of Vision Film.

“It is gratifying to see this incredibly beautiful drama make its debut in China where Benedict (Cumberbatch) is extremely popular. I am thrilled that the sale heralds Studiocanal’s first deal in China,” said Beatriz Campos, head of international sales at Studiocanal. “We very much look forward to extending our relationship with Vision Film Entertainment with further licensing deals for our extensive catalogue of high-end television and theatrical films.”

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