Danny Huston Joins Liev Schreiber in Hemingway Adaptation 'Across the River and Into the Trees' (Exclusive)

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Huston fulfils a unique family legacy, with his filmmaker father John Huston having optioned and adapted the final novel of his friend Hemingway in the late 1970s.

Danny Huston has joined the cast of Across the River and Into the Trees, the feature adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's final novel and New York Times bestseller, heading to Berlin's virtual European Film Market with The Exchange.

Now in production in Venice, Italy, Huston joins six-time Golden Globe nominee Liev Schreiber, Josh Hutcherson and Italian actresses Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing) and Laura Morante (Cherry on the Cake, The Ball).

Produced by Robert MacLean of Tribune Pictures, the adapted screenplay by BAFTA-winning screenwriter Peter Flannery is being directed by award-winning Spanish director Paula Ortiz (The Bride) with director of photography Javier Aguirresarobe (Blue Jasmine, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Thor Ragnarok, The Road)

Across the River and Into the Trees tells the story of Colonel Richard Cantwell (Schreiber), a semi-autobiographical character partially-based-on Hemingway’s friend Colonel Charles T. Lanham. Hemingway had his own relationship with Italian aristocrat, Adriana Ivancich. Cantwell is a complex and conflicted character, wounded and damaged both physically and mentally by the war, seeking inner peace, and trying to come to terms with his own mortality.

Huston's casting uniquely fills a family legacy. The actor's Oscar-winning filmmaker father John Huston — often referred to as the "Hemingway of Cinema" — in 1976 optioned and adapted a screenplay for Across the River and Into the Trees. His intention was to have Robert Mitchum play the lead, Maria Schneider as Renata, and Marcello Mastroianni as the Gran Maestro. John considered Hemingway :a very close personal friend," with the two spending significant time together in Cuba. They remained friends till the end: when Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for The Old Man And The Sea, Huston sent a telegram that read, "Great, Papa, Great!"

Alongside Tribune's MacLean, John Smallcombe and Ken Gord are also producing Across the River and Into the Trees. William J. Immerman, Michael and Laura Paletta, and Justin Raikes are executive producers. Andrea Biscaro is the film's Italian co-producer. Filomena Cusano is production counsel. The Exchange is handling international sales rights with UTA looking after the U.S.

Huston is represented by Untitled Entertainment, UTA, Julian Belfrage Associates, Sutton, Barth & Vennari and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light.