Rachel Weisz Drama ‘Denial’ Bought by Bleecker Street for North America

By Dave McNary | Variety

Bleecker Street has acquired North American rights to Rachel Weisz’s courtroom drama “Denial,” based on the Deborah E. Lipstadt book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”

Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall are also starring with Mick Jackson directing. David Hare adapted the script, which recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment alongside Shoebox Films. Participant Media developed the project with BBC Films, and they are co-financing as well.

Cornerstone Films is handling international sales at the American Film Market.

“Mick Jackson’s film will recount this incredible, unbelievable story of two people pitted against each other in a battle over truth, history and integrity,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street.

The deal was negotiated for Bleecker Street by Karpen and Avy Eschenasy, with Jonathan King and Gabe Brakin for Participant Media.

Weisz most recently starred in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth.” Wilkinson recently wrapped on “Snowden.”

Weisz is represented by Independent Talent Group, WME, and Brillstein. Wilkinson is represented by Lou Coulson Associates and Gotham/Principal.  Spall is represented by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and managed by Berwick & Kovacik.