Cannes: Entertainment One Takes International Rights to 'Trumbo'
TORONTO – Canadian distributor Entertainment One has acquired the international rights to Trumbo, the indie feature about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to be directed by Jay Roach.
Bryan Cranston is to star as Trumbo and Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper in the film based on the book by Bruce Cook.
Michael London and his Groundswell Productions are behind the movie, which will shoot in 2014 and will be Cranston’s first project after wrapping Breaking Bad.
Trumbo was an in-demand screenwriter during the 1940s and was also a member of the Communist Party. His career came to a screeching halt when the House Un-American Activities Committee called on several Hollywood writers and directors to testify about Communist activities.
Trumbo refused to give information and became part of the Hollywood 10, a group blacklisted by the studios.
For this, he served 11 months in jail.
eOne Films International will handle sales of the film in all territories outside of the U.K., Canada and Australia/New Zealand, where the company has pre-bought the rights ahead of Cannes and plans to distribute directly.