Director Michael Winterbottom Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

Michael Winterbottom - P 2014
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Michael Winterbottom - P 2014

The BAFTA-winning helmer’s “The Trip to Italy” premiered at Sundance on Jan. 20.

Michael Winterbottom has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He was previously with WME.

The British director’s most recent project, The Trip to Italy, premiered at Sundance last week. The film, a follow-up to his 2010 docu-comedy The Trip, reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for another gastronomic road trip. THR critic John DeFore called The Trip to Italy “as funny as the first go-around, more beautiful to look at, and better conceived” as well as “a high point in the prolific director’s box office career.” Winterbottom is currently in post-production on The Face of an Angel, inspired by the Amanda Knox murder trial, with Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Bruhl.

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Winterbottom broke through with the 2002 dramedy 24 Hour Party People (starring frequent collaborator Coogan as Factory Records founder Tony Wilson), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, as were two of his earlier films, 1997’s Welcome to Sarajevo and 1999’s Wonderland. His 2002 drama In This World swept the competition at the Berlin Film Festival, picking up the top Golden Bear prize. The Afghan refugee drama, made in Winterbottom’s trademark improvised style, also earned the director a BAFTA Award, one of his 10 career nominations from the British academy.

Winterbottom directed Angelina Jolie in 2007’s A Mighty Heart, and his other feature credits include 2010 thriller The Killer Inside Me, starring Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba, and the 2005 dramedy Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, which also starred Coogan and Brydon and received a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film.

Like The Trip franchise, Winterbottom began in television, picking up multiple BAFTA TV nominations for his work. Recent forays for the small screen have continued to bear fruit, as the director was nominated in 2013 for his drama Everyday as well as in 2011 for the BBC comedy series version of The Trip.

Winterbottom continues to be repped by Independent Talent in the U.K.