After finding success with “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Imitation Game,” The Weinstein Company is heading back to World War II, having announced its acquisition for U.S. rights to the French Nazi thriller “HHhH.” Based on the international bestseller of the same name by Laurent Binet, “HHhH” is director Cedric Jimenez’s follow-up to “The Connection.”
“HHhH” is an acronym for “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich” (“Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich”). In the film, Jason Clarke (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) plays Reinhard Heydrich, perhaps the most lethal man in Hitler’s cabinet until he was killed in 1942 by two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech. The film traces the journey of those two operatives from their initial escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia up through their assassination of Heydrich and its own deadly consequences. Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska round out the star-studded ensemble.
“Laurent Binet’s novel was an impeccable, profoundly gripping piece of historical fiction that was destined to be made into a film,” said Harvey Weinstein, the co-chairman of TWC. “It’s in the hands of an extraordinarily intelligent, bold group of filmmakers and actors and we can’t wait to see it come to life.”
“HHhH” is currently in production in Europe. The deal was negotiated by Dan Guando, Michal Podell Steinberg and James Gold for TWC with WME and Alain Goldman.