Showtime and IFC have partnered to acquire the rights to THE BLEEDER, a boxing drama starring Liev Schreiber. UTA Independent Film Group brokered the deal with Nu Image, which is handling the foreign rights. Philippe Falardeau directed from a script which comes from Michael Cristofer, Jerry Stahl, and Jeff Feuerzeig.
The story centers on former heavyweight champion, New Jersey fighter Chuck Wepner (Schreiber) and his boxing match with Muhammad Ali. Schreiber stars alongside Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, and Michael Rappaport.
Schreiber produced with Michael Tollin, Carl Hampe, Christa Campbell, and Lati Dana Grobman. Executive producers include Avi Lerner, Mark Gill, John Thompson, Boaz Davidson, and Jeff Rice.
Schreiber has a relationship with Showtime, of course, as the star of one its prized series, Ray Donovan, currently up for several Emmys. That prompted the network to make things competitive, teaming with IFC to outbid Netflix, Sony, and A24.
“I am truly thrilled our film has found a home at IFC and Showtime,” Schreiber said following the acquisition. “Jonathan and Arianna are pretty much leading the way in terms of effective and substantive theatrical releases right now. As for Showtime, they’ve become family in the past five years so to have them be a part of this movie just feels right. Such a great outcome.”
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.