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.
Pic is produced by Adam Ackland, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh, and Rory Aitken. UTA Independent brokered the deal.