CBS Films has gotten out front of the Toronto Film Festival dealmaking expected later this week by acquiring U.S. distribution rights from FilmNation to The Sense Of An Ending, a drama that has just begun production. Directed by Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), the film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Dockery, Billy Howle, Freya Mavor and Joe Alwyn, the latter of whom should have his breakout moment in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. BBC Films and Origin Pictures developed it from a screenplay by playwright Nick Payne based on Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller. David Thompson and Ed Rubin are producing.
Broadbent plays Tony Webster, whose reclusive, quiet existence is ended by long-buried secrets from his past that force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. CBS Films president Terry Press called the film “a perfect storm of creative talent…and the beautiful talents of director Ritesh Batra whom we have been hoping to work with since audiences fell in love with The Lunchbox.”
FilmNation Entertainment, BBC Films and LipSync are financing and Christine Langan, Ed Wethered, Ben Browning, Glen Basner and Norman Merry are exec producers. CBS Films’ Scott Shooman and Jack Bleck negotiated the deal with Avy Eschenasy and WME Global repping FilmNation.