BREAKING: Miramax acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Bill Condon-directed Mr. Holmes, and Roadside Attractions will handle the domestic release. The film reunites Condon with his Gods And Monsters star Ian McKellen, who stars with Laura Linney. Pic’s an adaptation of the Mitch Cullin novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, and Jeffrey Hatcher scripted. Pic’s in post.
Miramax chairman Thomas J. Barrack Jr called Mr Holmes a “‘smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax.” Said Roadside co-prexy Eric d’Arbeloff: “Bill Condon and Ian McKellen’s collaboration on ‘Gods and Monsters’ continues to inspire us, so we are very excited to join with Miramax in releasing ‘Mr. Holmes,’ their fantastic take on the world’s favorite master sleuth.”
The logline: Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) returns from Japan, where, in search of a plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now in his remote seaside farmhouse Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees with only the company of his housekeeper (Linney) and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late. Additional cast includes Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Roger Allam Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour and Milo Parker. Latter plays Roger, the housekeeper’s son.
Producers are Anne Carey and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Executive producers are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Christine Langan on behalf of BBC Films, which is also co-financing the film, and Amy Nauiokas for Archer Gray Productions. Zanne Devine, Miramax’s Executive Vice President, Production and Development, oversaw the acquisition on behalf of the studio with Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff from Roadside, and Graham Taylor of WME negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers. FilmNation is selling international.