Refresh for latest… The Weinstein Co has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Eichmann Show, the feature-length drama that stars Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia and charts the 1961 Trial of the Century of Adolf Eichmann. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams, the drama follows the televised trial of one of the key architects of the Holocaust in a behind-the-scenes look at how black-listed TV director Leo Hurwitz (LaPaglia) and ground-breaking producer Milton Fruchtman (Freeman) set out to capture his testimony. Rebecca Front, Andy Nyman and Nicholas Woodeson also star. Content Media is selling the Feelgood Fiction/BBC production that integrates actual footage from the trial which became the first truly global TV event — shown in 37 countries over four months — and was the first time the horror of the death camps had been heard live from the mouths of its victims. Simon Block wrote the script for the film which aired in the UK as part of the BBC’s Holocaust Memorial Day events marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In the U.S., plans are to potentially do a boutique theatrical release, although TV will be the main play. Harvey Weinstein calls The Eichmann Show, “a fascinating exploration of the Holocaust and its aftermath told in an innovative and captivating way that viewers haven’t seen. We are so proud to be on board with this film that continues to remind us about a piece of our past which can never be forgotten.”
Liam Cunningham, Yolande Moreau and Sophie Curtis are joining Berenice Bejo, Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin in Brady Corbet’s feature helming debut, The Childhood Of A Leader. The film is currently shooting. Corbet is best known for his acting in such films as Force Majeure, Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Funny Games. He co-wrote the script for Childhood with Mona Fastvold. It tells the story of a little boy who relocates to France with his family in 1919. His father is a political advisor to Woodrow Wilson about seven months in the run-up to the Treaty of Versailles while the boy’s seemingly harmless tantrums begin to demonstrate a monster in the making. Protagonist has international sales with WME Global on domestic.
Fortitude International has entered a pact with Relativity’s specialty division, Relativity Squared, for The Tribes Of Palos Verdes. DJ Caruso directs the film that stars Matt Dillon, Jennifer Garner and Maika Monroe. Fortitude will handle international sales and the companies will further explore working together on additional select projects produced under the R2 label. Based on the debut novel by Joy Nicholson, The Tribes Of Palos Verdes centers on two teenagers who move to the beach town with their parents, a mother on the brink of a nervous breakdown and a surgeon-to-the-stars dad.
Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films has sold German and all German-speaking rights to Constantin Film for actioner Extortion. Frank Grillo, Ving Rhames, Jake McLaughlin, Barkhad Abdi and Nicky Whalen star in the story of a family stranded on a Caribbean island. Shooting starts in Puerto Rico this month with newcomer Phil Volken directing.