The acting royalty will star in the true-life drama, which FilmNation is introducing to international buyers at AFM. CAA arranged financing and represents North American rights.

Former Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage will direct from John Logan’s adaptation of A Scott Berg’s book biography Max Perkins: Editor Of Genius, about the real-life relationship between writer Thomas Wolfe and editor Perkins.

Principal photography is scheduled to start early in 2014 and James Bierman will produce for the Michael Grandage Company.

“John Logan, Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender is an extraordinary line-up to work with and we are particularly delighted to bring Glen Basner and all at FilmNation onto the team to join us as we move forward,” said Grandage and Bierman. “Together, we can all now look ahead to making this project a reality and bring this amazing story to the attention of audiences everywhere”

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Genius promises to be a beautifully performed, electrifying and deeply moving film,” said Basner. “With such a strong creative team led by Michael Grandage, John Logan and James Bierman and with Firth and Fassbender on board, who are undoubtedly two of the finest screen actors working today, we can’t wait to introduce the film to buyers at AFM.”