Summit Entertainment has nabbed distribution rights to the political thriller “Fair Game” in both North America and five foreign territories. Directed by Doug Liman, the film is set to officially premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
The film screened for buyers in Los Angeles on April 20th, hoping to stir up pre-Cannes fest interest. CAA had packaged and handled the domestic rights.
Based on the memoir written by Valerie Plame, “Fair Game” stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It details how Plame”s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. Watts plays Plame, while Penn will play her husband. Additional cast includes Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Bruce McGill, and Brooke Smith. Jez and John Butterworth adapted the script from Plame’s memoir.
Other territories acquired by Summit include rights for “Fair Game” in Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, Japan and CIS. The Cannes Film Festival begins on May 12th – two weeks from yesterday.