Toronto: The Weinstein Co. Closing Deal for 'The Railway Man' (Exclusive)

10:24 AM PST 09/11/2013 by Pamela McClintock, Tatiana Siegel

UPDATED: The war drama -- starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman -- made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 6.

TORONTO -- The Weintsein Co. is acquiring U.S. rights to Australian Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth as a World War II veteran who tracks down the men who tortured him. Nicole Kidman also stars.

The drama made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 6 and drew the immediate interest of buyers because of its high-profile cast and solid reviews.

Railway Man is based on the true story of British soldier Eric Lomax, who endured torturous conditions as a forced laborer on the Thailand Death Railway after being captured by Japanese troops.

CAA is representing domestic rights. TWC is paying roughly $2 million.

The Railway Man marks the third major Toronto acquisition by Harvey Weinstein's busy team after John Carney's Can a Song Save Your Life? and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her.

Can a Song Save Your Life stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld and went for a hefty $7 million. TWC paid between $3 million and $4 million in a multi-territory deal for Eleanor Rigby, which stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.

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