Plus: Awesomeness Films acquires Spontaneous; and more…

Rachel Weisz

Bleecker Street has set a September 30 awards season release date for Denial, the Rachel Weisz starrer based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier.

The story of Lipstadt’s legal battle with Holocaust denier David Irving stars Timothy Spall as the latter, as well as Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott.

Mick Jackson directs from David Hare’s adapted screenplay. Producing Denial are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff, while Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, BBC Films’ Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer, Bleecker Street’s Andrew Karpen, and Shoebox Films Guy Heeley serve as executive producers.

  • Awesomeness Films has acquired rights to YA novel Spontaneous and set Brian Duffield to adapt. Duffield and Nicki Cortese will produce under their Jurassic Party’s first-look deal with Awesomeness. AwesomenessTV head Brian Robbins and Awesomeness Films head Matt Kaplan will produce. Kaplan recently attended Cannes where he staged a buyers presentation alongside Good Universe for Before I Fall. Open Road Films holds US rights Before I Fall.
  • Gravitas Ventures has set a day-and-date limited theatrical release and digital roll-out for The Anthropologist after acquiring North American rights to the documentary from Ironbound Films.