Berlin: Paddy Considine Lines Up Boxing Drama as Second Directorial Feature

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StudioCanal has U.K. rights for 'Journeyman,' which Cornerstone is introducing to international buyers at the Berlin film market.

U.K. multi-hyphenate Paddy Considine (Macbeth, Pride) is stepping into the directing ring for second time with Journeyman, an upcoming boxing drama that sees him team up with his BAFTA-award winning Tyrannosaur producing partner Diarmid Scrimshaw.

The film—being financed by Film4, the BFI, Screen Yorkshire and the Wellcome Trust — has been picked up by StudioCanal for the U.K., with Cornerstone overseeing international sales.

Currently in pre-production with shooting set to start in early March, Journeyman is being directed by and will star Considine, working from his own script. Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Faraz Ayub (Honour), Tony Pitts (War Horse) and Paul Popplewell (’71) have also been cast.

Considine will play a world middleweight boxing champion coming toward the end of his career. Realizing he must make money to get out of the game, he takes on a big, brash fighter who is out to take his title. After a titanic battle, he returns home to his wife, but moments later collapses on the living room floor from a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. When he awakes from a coma, the real fight begins.

"Journeyman is another world-class project from Paddy. It’s got strength, authenticity and is a compelling triumph-over-adversity story," said Scrimshaw, who is producing through his Inflammable Films. "We're really excited to be in the process of creating another tour de force film with Paddy."

Added Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder of Cornerstone: “We’ve long been admirers of Paddy’s work as an actor, and his directing debut in the remarkable Tyrannosaur made him a filmmaker to watch."