Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” acquired by Newmarket
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Deals are starting to come together as filmmakers bring anticipated titles to major fall festivals.
With the Telluride festival about to kick off, Newmarket Films has announced that it has acquired the rights to Peter Weir’s World War II drama “The Way Back,” which will have its world premiere tonight in Colorado. According to Risky Business, the indie studio plans to release Weir’s film on Jan. 21, 2011.
Based on Slavomir Rawicz’s book “The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom,” Weir’s “The Way Back” stars Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Mark Strong and Saoirse Ronan in the story of prisoners journeying hundreds of miles across several countries after escaping a Siberian gulag in 1940.
“‘The Way Back’ is one of the great real-life escape stories of our time,” said Chris Ball, co-chairman of Exclusive and president of Newmarket. “It’s a story of man’s struggle to survive at any cost and the strength to push on when all hope seems lost.”
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