Jesse Eisenberg's 'Resistance' Goes to Bliss Media in China (Exclusive)

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The actor will portray the legendary mime Marcel Marceau in the WWII-set biopic.

Shanghai and Los Angeles-based Bliss Media has acquired Chinese distribution rights to Resistance, starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz (Hands of Stone), the film follows the life of legendary mime Marcel Marceau (Eisenberg) and his involvement in the French resistance during World War II. Principal photography is set to commence in early 2018.

Resistance will be produced by Claudine Jakubowicz, Carlos Garcia de Paredes and Dan Maag, with Baptiste Marceau, Marcel’s oldest son, serving as executive producer. Rocket Science, which is co-financing and producing the project with Pantaleon and Epicentral, is handling international sales at AFM.

Marceau was the son of a kosher butcher from Strasbourg. His father was killed in Auschwitz, and Marceau learned to mime to survive and help Jewish orphans. He became most famous for his stage persona as Bip the Clown, performing worldwide for more than six decades.

The deal was negotiated by Bliss Media’s Wei Han and CAA, who brokered the deal on behalf of Rocket Science.

Bliss recently acquired the distribution rights in China to Nicole Kidman-starrer Destroyer, directed by Karyn Kusama. The company is best known for its handling of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge in China, which grossed more than $62 million there. Bliss also co-produced and co-financed Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Kings, starring Daniel Craig and Halle Berry, and Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.