Par tracks down 'Sleuth' rights


LONDON -- Paramount Pictures International has picked up U.K., Australia, New Zealand and South African distribution rights to Kenneth Branagh's update of "Sleuth," starring Jude Law and Michael Caine.

Based on Anthony Shaffer's Tony award-winning play -- which was made into a 1972 film starring Caine and Lawrence Olivier -- the updated version has been scripted by Harold Pinter. It is the Nobel Laureate's first screenplay in a decade.

"Sleuth" tells the story of an out-of-work actor who becomes embroiled in an affair with the wife of a wealthy writer, who in turn is having an affair with a much younger woman.

The film is produced by Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Simon Halfon, Simon Moseley and Marion Pilowsky.

"We are delighted to be distributing 'Sleuth' in the English-language markets," said Andrew Cripps, president of Paramount Pictures International.