AFM, which kicked off Thursday, just had a major player walk through its doors in Santa Monica. Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales on “Genius,” which will star Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender in a project with a screenplay by “Skyfall,” “Rango” and “Hugo” writer John Logan.
Theater director Michael Grandage will direct the film, which is based on the real-life relationship between author Tom Wolfe and literary editor Max Perkins, who also worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. The script is based on A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award-winning biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.”
James Bierman will produce the film for the Michael Grandage Company, with filming to begin in early 2014. Bierman and Grandage worked together at the Donmar Warehouse in London, where in the spring they will produce Logan’s new play “Peter and Alice,” also with Grandage directing.
“‘Genius’ promises to be a beautifully performed, electrifying and deeply moving film,” said Basner. “With such a strong creative team led by Michael Grandage, John Logan and James Bierman and with Firth and Fassbender on board, who are undoubtedly two of the finest screen actors working today, we can’t wait to introduce the film to buyers at AFM.”
CAA is arranging financing and will handle the film’s North American distribution rights.