Participant Media Acquires “Captive State” from Rupert Wyatt


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Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Hyatt has found a home for his new film with . The company won the worldwide rights in a bidding war. Wyatt will direct the film, based on a script he wrote with Erica Beeney.

The film is said to be a big-scale production. “This is the film I’ve always wanted to make,” said Wyatt. “I’ve found the ideal partners in , whose body of work and reputation for exceptional storytelling speaks for itself. Captive State‘s team and I have a very exciting year ahead!”

Wyatt will also produce alongside David Crockett, with Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of executive producing. The film will be released according to Participant’s deal with Amblin. Focus Features will distribute domestically and eOne will release the film in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the Benelux countries.

Most recently, Wyatt directed the feature film The Gambler and he has several other films on his directorial slate coming up, including Birdsong, Night Film, The Rapture, Agent 13, and Goliath.

Participant has several exciting films coming up, including the Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander-led The Light Between Oceans, Denial with Rachel Weisz (who also appears in The Light Between Oceans), A Monster Calls, Neruda, and Deepwater Horizon.

The deal was constructed by Bianca Levin of  and Gang Tyre with Participant’s Gabe Brakin.


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This news was first reported by Deadline.


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