'The Sense of an Ending' Starring Jim Broadbent Picked Up by CBS Films

Jim Broadbent Headshot - P 2013
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Jim Broadbent Headshot - P 2013

The Oscar-winning British actor leads the cast of the adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-winning story.

Kicking off the anticipated Toronto Film Festival acquisition sales several days early, CBS Films has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to The Sense of an Ending, the drama adapting Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-winning best-seller, from FilmNation Entertainment.

The movie, currently in production in London, stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Watler, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Dockery, Billy Howle, Freya Mavor and Joe Alywn.

Ritesh Batra, the Indian director who broke through internationally with 2013's The Lunchbox, is directing the drama, which is being produced by David Thompson and Ed Rubin, the duo who were involved with the recent drama Woman in Gold.

The 2012 book told of a man leading a quiet existence when the death of a university chum exhumes long-buried secrets, including the truth about his first love. One of the themes the story touches upon is the flawed nature of recollection.

BBC Films and Origin Pictures developed the project, which has a script by Nick Payne. FilmNation, BBC Films and LipSync are financing the film. 

Executive producing are Christine Langan and Ed Wethered from BBC Films, Ben Browning and Glen Basner from FilmNation, and Norman Merry from LipSync Productions.

Eschenasy Consulting and WME Global repped the film and filmmakers. Executive acquisitions and co-productions Scott Shooman and executive vp business affairs Jack Bleck negotiated the deal on behalf of CBS Films.