EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is nearing a close on a deal for U.S. rights to Ironbark, the Dominic Cooke-directed drama that stars Benedict Cumberbatch. I’m hearing that Roadside Attractions will execute the theatrical release, and that the deal is in the mid-seven-figure range.
The Tom O’Connor-scripted drama stars Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan,and Jessie Buckley. Pic tells the true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Cumberbatch turned in an awards-caliber performance. The actor underwent a significant weight loss that serves the story particularly well. Ironbark premiered Friday at the Eccles.
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Pic is produced by Adam Ackland, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh, and Rory Aitken. UTA Independent brokered the deal.
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