Focus Features Press
Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall to Star in International Suspense Thriller Directed by John Crowley
Posted February 02, 2012
Focus Features and Working Title Films will begin production in April in the U.K. on an untitled international suspense thriller starring Eric Bana (of Focus’ Hanna) and Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town). The movie will be directed by John Crowley (Boy A). Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen, and Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, made the announcement today.
The original screenplay is by Steven Knight, Academy Award nominee for Dirty Pretty Things and BIFA Award nominee for Focus’ Eastern Promises.
Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner are producing the film with Chris Clark (The Guard). Focus will hold worldwide rights to the feature, and will commence overseas sales at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.
In the thriller, two ex-lovers, Martin (to be played by Mr. Bana) and Claudia (Ms. Hall) find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.
Mr. Schamus and Mr. Karpen said, “Working Title and John Crowley have not only crafted a nail-biting thriller, but an emotional rollercoaster as well – one that speaks to the heart of the human condition in our time.”
Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner said, “We’re excited to be collaborating with John, Steven Knight, and these two terrific actors, and we look forward to the movie entertaining audiences and also getting them talking.”
Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the world’s leading film production companies. Founded in 1983, Working Title has made nearly 100 films that have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. Its films have won 6 Academy Awards, 26 BAFTA Awards, and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. The current release slate includes Tomas Alfredson’s thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and 11 BAFTA Awards including Best Film and Best Actor; Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, which recently posted the company’s all-time biggest domestic box office opening weekend; Ken Kwapis’ Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski; and Joe Wright’s epic love story Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, and Jude Law.
In addition to Anna Karenina, and Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, current and upcoming Focus releases include writer/director Dee Rees’ contemporary drama Pariah, nominated for 2 Spirit Awards; Being Flynn, written and directed by Paul Weitz and starring two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Paul Dano; Moonrise Kingdom, the new feature from Wes Anderson, starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman; Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley; Sam Fell and Chris Butler’s ParaNorman, the new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA; Jamie Travis’ contemporary comedy For a Good Time, Call…, starring Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller; and the historical tale Hyde Park on Hudson, directed by Roger Michell and starring Academy Award nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney.