EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to A Most Wanted Man, the Anton Corbijn-directed adaptation of the contemporary thriller novel by John le Carre. Corbijn has wrapped the film, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. Andrew Bovell adapted the novel. Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood produced through Potboiler Productions alongside Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell through The Ink Factory. They have not set a release date yet.
The focus is a Chechen-Russian immigrant who is on the run and arrives in Hamburg, trying to claim his late father’s suspiciously acquired fortune. Both U.S. and German security agencies go on high alert to figure out if he is an oppressed victim or an extremist bent on destruction. FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner and exec Alison Cohen made the deal. Demarest Films financed the equity on the project for U.S. rights, with William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt exec producers along with Film 4’s Tessa Ross. FilmNation is handling worldwide sales of the film, and negotiated with Lionsgate execs Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan and Wendy Jaffe. John Sloss, Jerry Dasti and Demarest’s Englebardt worked with FilmNation on the deal.