Bleecker Street has acquired US rights to Alexis Bloom’s animated documentary The Klarsfelds produced by Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Fremantle.
Israeli investigative journalist Yossi Melman, and Oded Ailam, a former Mossad operative, round out the production team on the project, which is in pre-production and set to start animation later this year.
The Klarsfelds centres on renowned Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, a dedicated husband-and-wife team of agents who are still alive and living in Paris.
Their story will be told through exclusive interviews with the subjects and Mossad agents who have never spoken before. It is understood the animation will have the feel of a classic espionage thriller, while the tone will remain personal.
The deal was brokered between Kent Sanderson, and Avy Eschenasy of Bleecker Street with UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.
Fremantle funded the development of the film and co-developed with Melman, Ailem and Jigsaw Productions.
Bleecker Street recently released The Assistant, Ordinary Love, and Military Wives. Upcoming releases include The Secrets We Keep with Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Chris Messinga, Sundance comedy Save Yourselves!, Dream Horse with Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, and Wild Mountain Thyme.