Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to Mikael Marcimain’s “Gentlemen” from Wild Bunch at AFM, Variety has reported.
For the script, author Klas Östergren adapted his novel of the same name, which tells the autobiographical story of his time spent with gangsters and gals in the Swedish post-WWII era of economic boom and rampant corruption.
From the film’s synopsis: “Beaten up, bruised and afraid, young author Klas Östergren hides out in a Stockholm apartment, writing the story of its vanished inhabitants: the flamboyant, charismatic, enigmatic Morgan brothers. It begins one year earlier. Klas is rooming with Henry Morgan, a boxer, piano player, composer, bartender, and old-fashioned gentleman with a Gatsby-like capacity for turning life into a feast. But behind his glittering façade, a darkness lurks – a secret, forbidden love. Together the two friends lead the high life in Stockholm until the day Henry’s younger brother Leo shows up. An infamous poet, political provocateur and drunk, Leo quickly drags them into a scandal involving illegal weapons and gangster, and soon the three men find themselves trapped in a life-threatening plot.”