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Samuel Goldwyn To Slay Joffe's "Dragons" in US

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire January 19, 2011 at 7:18AM

Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced the acquisition of US rights to the new film from "The Killing Fields" director Roland Joffé, "There Be Dragons." Wes Bentley, Charlie Cox, Olga Kurylenko, and Derek Jacobi star in the film, which follows the travails of a journalist who investigates a candidate for canonization and realizes in the process that his father had a unique connection to the potential saint.
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Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced the acquisition of US rights to the new film from "The Killing Fields" director Roland Joffé, "There Be Dragons." Wes Bentley, Charlie Cox, Olga Kurylenko, and Derek Jacobi star in the film, which follows the travails of a journalist who investigates a candidate for canonization and realizes in the process that his father had a unique connection to the potential saint.

The film, which has yet to have an announced festival debut, will be released theatrically May 6, 2011.

The full press release is printed below.

New York, NY (January 19, 2010) – Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that it has acquired Roland Joffé’s "There Be Dragons," an epic tale of jealousy, love, faith and redemption that spans civil war-torn Spain to the recent past with a deadly, decades old secret at its core. Wes Bentley leads a terrific ensemble that includes Charlie Cox ("Stardust"), Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace"), Emmy Award winning Derek Jacobi ("Gladiator"), Dougray Scott ("Mission Impossible II") and Rodrigo Santoro ("300"). The film was produced by Ignacio Gomez-Sancha, Joffé and Ignacio Núñez.

Goldwyn has set a May 6, 2011 release.

"There Be Dragons" tells the story of London-based investigative journalist Robert Torres (Scott) who tries to unravel a deadly mystery nearly 70 years old that links his father to the founder of Opus Dei only to discover that the shocking truth is far more than he bargained for.

Academy Award winner Eugenio Zanetti ("Restoration") is the art director, Academy Award winner Yvonne Blake ("What Dreams May Come") is the costume designer, Academy Award winner Michèle Burke ("Dracula") is the make-up designer and Academy Award nominee Richard Nord ("The Fugitive") is the editor. Gabriel Beristain ("Caravaggio") is the director of photography.

According to Meyer Gottlieb: “We feel privileged to be working with such an acclaimed filmmaker in Roland Joffé and look forward to bringing 'There Be Dragons' to audiences everywhere. This beautifully mounted and executed film based on true events, is moving and inspirational and will make moviegoers cheer and applaud.”

Roland Joffé goes on to say: “'There Be Dragons' was a wonderful experience that paralleled the one I had making 'The Mission.' It is an intimate story of love and forgiveness set during one of the most bitter wars of the 20th century. Yet, the themes of the film are as relevant today as ever and I am hopeful that audiences will embrace them in that spirit."

Producer Gomez-Sancha reiterates: "I am excited that Samuel Goldwyn Films is releasing 'There Be Dragons' in America. Few studios have the rich history and experience that Goldwyn does. I am confident that our film will reach its full commercial potential in this important market under their guidance."

Sancha and attorney Rob Nau negotiated the deal with Peter Goldwyn, VP of Acquisitions for Samuel Goldwyn Films.

This article is related to: Acquisitions