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CBS Films acquires Nighy’s labor union flick ‘Pride’ Redford and Blanchett join ‘Truth’

LOS ANGELES, July 11, (RTRS): The scandal that derailed the career of a broadcast news legend will be told by an all-star cast. Robert Redford will play Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett is in talks to co-star as his CBS News producer Mary Mapes in an adaptation of Mapes’ memoir “Truth and Duty,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. “The Amazing Spider-Man” screenwriter James Vanderbilt is making his feature directorial debut on the project, which will be based on Mapes’ “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power.” It will delve into the scandal behind Rather’s reporting on CBS’ “60 Minutes II” that President George W. Bush, running for reelection at the time, had years earlier received preferential treatment to join the National Guard and avoid being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. The documents Rather presented as authentic later turned out to have not been properly authenticated by CBS News. The resulting scandal caused Mapes her job and Rather the tarnishing of his decades-long reputation as one of America’s most trusted news anchors. Mapes has since doubled down on her belief that the documents were real and were never proven false. No studio is attached to “Truth” yet, but filmmakers are eyeing a fall production start.

CBS Films has acquired US rights to Pride,” which premiered earlier this year at Cannes and will hit theaters on Sept 19. The dramatic comedy was directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage”) from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford. David Livingstone produced the film, while Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and Natascha Wharton executive produced. The cast is led by Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Imelda Staunton (“Maleficent”), Dominic West (“The Hour”), Paddy Considine (“Submarine”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), Joseph Gilgun (“Lockout”), George MacKay (“How I Live Now”) and Ben Schnetzer (“Warcraft”). Inspired by a true story, “Pride” is set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Patho is distributing the film in the UK and France, and Pathe International has sold the film throughout the rest of the world. Pathe’s McCracken and Pierre du Plessis led the negotiations on behalf of the filmmakers, while Scott Shooman handled negotiations for CBS Films.

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz is in early talks to join Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in Derek Cianfrances DreamWorks drama The Light Between Oceans,” TheWrap has learned. Set on a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a two-month-old infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice are devastating. Weisz has an offer and is in early discussions to play the mother of that child. “Gravity” producer David Heyman will produce through his Heyday Films banner along with Jeffrey Clifford. Rosie Alison will executive produce, having brought the book into Heyday. “Light Between Oceans” is based on the international bestseller from first-time novelist M.L. Stedman, whose book has been translated into nearly 30 languages since it was published in the US in July 2012 by Scribner.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is attached to star in Gidden Media and Good Universes adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reids acclaimed debut novel Forever, Interrupted: A Novel,” the companies announced Thursday. Amy Baer will produce through her company Gidden Media. Johnson will executive produce alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe, as well as John Middleton and Roy Lee. Erin Westerman will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe. “Forever, Interrupted” tells the story of a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband. She must come to terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother — who didn’t know she existed. “Taylor’s book is exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest. Great romanticdrama is so hard to execute, and Taylor nailed it. And Dakota will be exquisite as Elsie, who has to deal with the sudden loss of a great love. She is a deeply thoughtful, sensitive and smart woman and actress,” said Baer.

Gary Oldman is in talks to join Kevin Costner in Ariel Vromans next film, a scifi thriller called Criminal, an individual close to the production tells TheWrap. Costner will play a dangerous and unpredictable criminal who finds himself in unfamiliar territory when a dead CIA operative’s skills, secrets and memories are implanted into his brain, with the government agency hoping that he will finish the mission for them. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Jason Bloom, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill are exec producing, with JC Spink, Chris Bender, Kevin King producing.

 

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