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Lionsgate Buys Literary Cannes Market Title ‘Genius’ Starring Colin Firth

Lionsgate Buys Literary Cannes Market Title 'Genius' Starring Colin Firth

Lionsgate has acquired the US rights to hot Cannes market title, literary biopic “Genius,” starring Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”), Jude Law (“Spy”), Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”), Laura Linney (“The Big C”), Guy Pearce (“The Rover”) and Dominic West (“The Affair”). THE AFFAIR). John Logan (“Penny Dreadful,” “The Aviator”) adapted the A.Scott Berg biography of editor-to-the-stars Maxwell Perkins. Tony-winning theater director Michael Grandage (“Red,” “Frost/Nixon”) makes his feature film debut.

Producers are James Bierman, Grandage and Logan with Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, James J. Bagley, Berg, Tim Bevan, Steve Christian, Ivan Dunleavy and Arielle Tepper Madover serving as executive producers. The film was financed by Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures. 

The film “Genius” centers on the real-life relationship between Perkins (Colin Forth) and larger-than-life novelist Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law).
Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee the project for Lionsgate. CAA arranged financing and negotiated the domestic rights, while FilmNation handled international.

Lionsgate came into the festival with Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, while Lionsgate and Roadside picked up U.S. rights to Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees” before its festival screening. 

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