The U.S. rights to director Kevin Macdonald’s legal thriller has been bought by STX Films. The untitled film, formerly known as Prisoner 760, is comprised of a star-studded cast with Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, Tahar Rahim and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The feature film is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s bestselling memoir Guantánamo Diary, and focuses on Slahi (Rahim), who is captured by the U.S. government and suffers in prison for years without trial until he meets defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster), She and her associate Teri Duncan (Woodley) advocate for justice and in the process uncover evidence with help from military prosecutor, Lt. Stuart Couch (Cumberbatch) that reveals a web of lies and conspiracy.
The adaptation of Slahi’s memoir was written by Michael Bronner, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani. Bronner is a long-time journalist, screenwriter, producer, director and former staff producer on 60 Minutes.
Production on the film was wrapped earlier this year in South Africa. Producing is Cumberbatch with Adam Ackland and Leah Clarke for their company SunnyMarch, along with Lloyd Levin and Beatriz Levin for Shadowplay Features, Mark Holder and Christine Holder through Wonder Street, and Branwen Prestwood-Smith. Bronner also serves as producer. Larry Siems and Slahi serve as co-producers.
30WEST and Topic Studios are the financiers in partnership with BBC Films, which also developed the project. Executive Producers are 30WEST principals Micah Green, Dan Steinman and Dan Friedkin, Topic Studios’ Maria Zuckerman, Ryan Heller and Michael Bloom, and BBC Films’ Rose Garnett. Executive producing for Great Point Media are Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi, and Zak Kilberg and Russell Smith are executive producing for Convergent Media.