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Bleecker Street and Participant Media have jointly acquired North American rights to Andy Serkis’ Breathe. Written by William Nicholson, the film tells the life story of Robin Cavendish, played by Andrew Garfield, who became one of the longest-living polio survivors in Great Britain after being struck with the disease at the age of 28.
The cast also includes Claire Foy, who plays Cavendish’s wife, as well as Hugh Bonneville.
The film is produced by Jonathan Cavendish for The Imaginarium Studios. Financing is from Silver Reel, BBC Films and the BFI, brokered by Embankment Films. Phil Robertson executive produces for The Imaginarium, Claudia Bluemhuber and Ian Hutchinson for Silver Reel and Christine Langan for BBC Films.
The acquisition was negotiated by Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street, Jonathan King and Gabriel Brakin for Participant Media and Embankment’s Tim Haslam on behalf of Imaginarium. Embankment also represents international rights, and the film has been presold in more than 30 territories.
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