Afm: Saban Picks Up Roland Joffe's 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana

31 October 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Roland Joffe's upcoming drama about South African icon Desmond Tutu has found a North American home. Saban Films on Monday announced it has acquired domestic rights to The Forgiven, starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Co-written by Oscar-winner Joffe and Michael Ashton and based on Ashton’s play The Archbishop and The Antichrist, the drama follows Archbishop Tutu’s (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and redemption. The film is currently in production.

 
Saban Films Acquires North American Distribution Rights to ‘The Forgiven’ starring Forest Whitaker as Archbishop Desmond Tutu

31 October 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé’s “The Forgiven,” starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Co-written by Joffé and Michael Ashton and based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist,” the drama follows Archbishop Desmond… Continue Reading →

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AFM: Forest Whitaker-Eric Bana Drama ‘The Forgiven’ Bought by Saban

31 October 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé’s South African drama “The Forgiven,” starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana.

Joffe is directing from a script he co-wrote with Michael Ashton based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist.” Whitaker portrays Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana).

The film is currently in production. Wme Global handled North American rights, with 13 Films handling international sales at the upcoming American Film Market.

Joffe, whose credits include “The Killing Fields” and “The Scarlet Letter,” is also producing with Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten (“Hook,” “Shattered Glass”)  and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility.

Saban FilmsBill Bromiley said: “The depth in ‘The Forgiven’ is unnerving, something Roland Joffé is known for. Whitaker and Bana’s history of

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Saban Films Takes Roland Joffe’s ‘The Forgiven’ Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana

31 October 2016 1:13 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé's dramatic film The Forgiven which is based on the Michael Asthon play The Archbishop and The Antichrist and stars Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Co-written by Joffé and Ashton, the story follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu's (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over… »

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Us Briefs: Amazon Studios to co-finance, distribute 'Brad's Status'

31 October 2016 4:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon Studios will co-finance the dramatic comedy with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) and distribute in North America.

Sierra/Affinity will introduce to international buyers at the Afm this week.

Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jenna Fischer have joined Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams on Brad’s Status, which Mike White is currently shooting about a father who still harbours feelings of jealousy towards his old school friends.Ske, Plan B and Dave Bernad are producing.

Saban Films has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm. Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa. The film is currently in production and Joffé produces alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat

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Us Briefs: Saban Films acquires 'The Forgiven'

31 October 2016 4:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm.

Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa.

The story charts Tutu’s struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld, played by Bana, over issues of redemption. The film is currently in production.

Joffé produced the film alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films. The Fyzz Facility provides financing.

Ddi has acquired worldwide sales rights to the comedy Ripped starring stand-up comic Russell Peters, Faizon Love, Kyle Massey and Alex Meneses. Brad Epstein’s feature directorial debut centres on two stoners who fast forward 30 years to 2016 after smoking top-secret CIA pot. Epstein produced

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Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’

27 October 2016 3:19 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Eric Bana has just signed on to The Forgiven, the adaptation of Michael Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Forest Whitaker is already aboard to play Tutu, with Roland Joffé directing the script he co-wrote with Ashton. The drama centers on Tutu’s work as president of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and… »

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