'Trumbo' put on Goldwyn, Netflix list


"Trumbo," a documentary about blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, has been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment.

The Peter Askin documentary, which premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be released theatrically in the spring. Goldwyn and Red Envelope jointly acquired the movie, with Goldwyn taking the lead on theatrical and Red Envelope spearheading home video. The two also bought U.S. television rights.

"Trumbo" examines the story of the scribe, who penned such 1940s movies as "Kitty Foyle" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" before being called to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee as part of the Hollywood Ten. He eventually was blacklisted and spent nearly a year in jail.

Trumbo continued writing during the blacklist, with so-called "front" names being credited. He was ultimately -- and sometimes posthumously -- credited with some of the most successful films of the mid-20th century, including "Roman Holiday," "The Brave One," "Exodus" and "Spartacus."

The movie tells the story of the writer's life and his blacklist experience through the recollections of others as well as his own letters; among the actors featured are Brian Dennehy, Joan Allen and Nathan Lane. The film is based on a play written by the late screenwriter's son Christopher; it's produced by Safehouse Pictures and Filbert Steps Prods.

Goldwyn has several movies in theaters, including Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales," while Red Envelope has been beefing up its slate with movies like "No End in Sight." The duo also recently teamed to distribute Julie Delpy's "2 Days in Paris."