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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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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • September 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    As estimates for the ‘peacetime’ death toll of ‘social engineering’
    (i.e. genocide) in Hollywood’s current ‘fave’ mass market slum ACROSS
    the Pacific NOW swell beyond 80 MILLION

    AND AS even BIll Gates himself is creepily soft-selling NOT ONLY
    ‘selective’ extermination of the unborn –BUT ALSO the old and ‘unfit’
    in the name of ‘efficiency’

    WE HOPE the genuinely talented WEIR wakes up and pulls himself
    out of this seen-to-death/done-to-death WW2 rut.

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