Weinstein Co. Acquires Mumbai Terror Film
Dev Patel and Armie Hammer are attached to star in the film about the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in India.
The Weinstein Co. has acquired real-life terrorism film Hotel Mumbai.
Based on the events of the 2008 attack on the Taj Mahal hotel in the Indian city, the Anthony Maras-helmed film chronicles the four-day siege by Islamic militants that left 160 people dead and dozens more injured. If not for the valor of the hotel's staff and guests, the death toll in the hotel itself could have been much higher.
Dev Patel and Armie Hammer are attached to star in the film, which is set to go into production in August in India and Australia. Patel also is on board as an executive producer.
John Collee and Maras wrote the screenplay for Hotel Mumbai, which is loosely based on the Emmy-nominated documentary Surviving Mumbai.
Arclight Films began presenting the hot package earlier this year at Berlin's European Film Market. Though the deal is being pegged by other outlets as one that came together in Cannes, it actually began negotiations months ago right after Berlin.
Basil Iwanyk (Sicario) is producing Hotel Mumbai through his Thunder Road banner alongside Arclight’s Gary Hamilton and Mike Gabrawy. Electric Pictures’ Andrew Ogilvie also is on board as a producer as is Julie Ryan. Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will executive produce. Xeitgeist’s Joe Thomas and Mark Montgomery, who worked with Patel on the Toronto Film Festival drama The Man Who Knew Infinity, is also producing and co-financing.