Bleecker Street and Participant Media have jointly acquired North American rights to BREATHE, a drama directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish, who became one of the longest-living polio survivors in Great Britain after being struck with the disease at the age of 28. The script comes from William Nicholson. The buy, which happened over the weekend, marked one of the first made at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film also stars Claire Foy as Robin’s wife Diana, Game of Thrones actor Dean-Charles Chapman, and Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville.
Jonathan Cavendish produced the film for Serkis’ Imaginarium Studios with Phil Robertson executive producing. Claudia Bluemhuber and Ian Hutchinson for Silver Reel and Christine Langan for BBC Films. Silver Reel financed with BBC Films and the BFI, brokered by Embankment Films – which reps the international rights.
Garfield stars in the upcoming war drama Hacksaw Ridge from director Mel Gibson. Serkis has been expanding his slate as a director, with several projects in the works including The Jungle Book: Origins, Animal Farm, and Steel Skin.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor