Sony Pictures Classics has bought North America and Latin Americanrights to And When Did You Last See Your Father'

Anand Tucker will direct the film, whose production is set tobegin in October. The project has been developed under the UK Film Council's Super-Slateinitiative in association with Film4, Intandem Films and the Irish Film Board.

Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen at Number 9 Films areproducing the adaptation of Blake Morrison's memoirs starring Colin Firth asthe Yorkshire-born author and Jim Broadbent as his terminally ill father.

"This screenplay is so moving, the combination of roles soengaging and full and the precision of Anand Tucker's direction made this avery easy decision to make," SPC co-presidents Michael Barker and TomBernard and executive vice president of acquisitions and production, DylanLeiner said.

"And When Did You Last See Your Father' promises to be a winner for 2007. We arethrilled to be partnering with our old friends at Intandem and Number 9 Filmson this picture and at long last to be working with Anand Tucker."

"Having alreadysecured sales of the film in the UK (Buena Vista), Australia (Icon) andPortugal (Lusomundo), we can't think of a better home for this picture thanwith our friends at Sony Pictures Classics who we know will give it the loveand respect that this great British film deserves," Intandem said in astatement.

"And When Did You Last See Your Father' will be one of the high points ofBritish cinema in the year 2007 and, together with Intandem, we look forward toworking closely with Sony on its marketing and distribution of the film inNorth and South America," Woolley said.