The Weinstein Company said today it is acquiring U.S. rights to HHhH, the Nazi-era thriller from The Connection director Cédric Jimenez that was one of the hot titles up for grabs during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska are attached to star and production began this month in Budapest.
Based on Laurent Binet’s bestselling historical novel, the story revolves around the true story of two exiled operatives, Slovak Jozef Gabcík and Czech Jan Kubiš, who assassinated key Hitler cabinet member Reinhard Heydrich and changed the course of history. It traces their escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, their attack on Heydrich, and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. Heydrich, known as “The Butcher Of Prague,” become the highest-ranking Nazi officer killed during World War II.
David Farr (Hanna), Audrey Diwan (The Connection) and Jimenez wrote the screenplay.
Variety first reported the acquisition.