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Benedict Cumberbatch to produce, star in 'Rogue Male'

3 August 2016 3:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World War Two survival thriller is being set up at Fox Searchlight.

Benedict Cumberbatch will produce and star in an adaptation of Geoffrey Household’s 1939 thriller novel Rogue Male.

The Sherlock actor will produce the project alongside Adam Ackland under Cumberbatch’s production outfit SunnyMarch, which was launched in 2013.

Lloyd Levin, Branwen Prestwood Smith and Beatriz Levin will also produce for Black Sheep Pictures.

The project is set up at Fox Searchlight where it will be overseen by co-heads of production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, senior vp of production Anikah McLaren and director of production Katie Goodson-Thomas.

Macbeth scribe Michael Lesslie has been hired to write the screenplay.

The novel’s plot follows an unnamed British man who attempts to assassinate an unnamed dictator in the spring of 1938.

The book was previously adapted in 1941 as Man Hunt, starring Walter Pidgeon. In 1976, the BBC produced a TV adaptation starring Pete O’Toole.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Goes ‘Rogue,’ Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen Team For ‘Ingrid Goes West,’ and More

2 August 2016 11:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After Star Wars and Mission: Impossible both went rogue, another feature film will do so as well. In adaptation news, Variety reports the British novel Rogue Male is being turned into a feature with Benedict Cumberbatch set to star, as well as produce the story about a hunter who is tortured and left to die after he attempts to assassinate a dictator. He escapes, and is then hounded by enemy agents and the police in his rural hometown. The script is penned by Michael Lesslie, whose resume include Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed. Also producing with Cumberbatch is Lloyd Levin, Black Sheep Pictures’ Beatriz Levin and Branwen Prestwood Smith. This is not the first time Rogue Male has been adapted to the screen, as Fritz Lang brought it to life with his 1941 film Man Hunt.

In another exciting pairing, Aubrey Plaza is set to star alongside Elizabeth Olsen in director »

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Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In & Produce Adaptation of British Survival Thriller ‘Rogue Male’

2 August 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to join Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of the 1939 English novel by Geoffrey Household, “Rogue Male.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-nominated actor will also produce with his SunnyMarch production company and Black Sheep Pictures.

The script will be penned by Michael Lesslie and follows the story of a hunter who attempts to assassinate a dictator, is caught, tortured and left for dead. After he escapes, he must hide in rural English to avoid the enemy agents and police who are in pursuit of him.    

“I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen,” said Cumberbatch in a statement.

Read More: ‘Sherlock’ Season 4 Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Demons Are Waiting

The survivalist thriller is regarded as Household’s masterpiece and has previously been adapted for the screen twice. In 1940, Twentieth Century Fox »

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in, Produce ‘Rogue Male’ Adaptation

1 August 2016 5:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in an adaptation of the classic British novel “Rogue Male” for Fox Searchlight.

He will also produce with Lloyd Levin, Branwen Prestwood Smith and Beatriz Levin of Black Sheep Pictures. Also producing will be Adam Ackland of SunnyMarch, Cumberbatch’s production company.

Michael Lesslie has been hired to write the screenplay.

The thriller is about a hunter who attempts to assassinate a dictator but is caught, tortured and left for dead. When he escapes back home to England, he must hide out in a harsh, rural countryside while enemy agents and the police are in hot pursuit. The book was published in 1939 and the author, Geoffrey Household, said the dictator was intended to be a stand-in for Adolph Hitler.

Cumberbatch, who is repped by UTA, can be seen next in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” which bows in November.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in, Produce Adaptation of Classic British Novel 'Rogue Male' (Exclusive)

1 August 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is undertaking an adaptation of the classic British novel Rogue Male. The star of Sherlock and Doctor Strange will star in and produce the film with Lloyd Levin, Branwen Prestwood Smith and Beatriz Levin of Black Sheep Pictures. Also producing will be Adam Ackland of SunnyMarch, Cumberbatch’s production company. Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed) has been hired to write the screenplay for the project, which is set up at Fox Searchlight. The survivalist thriller told of a hunter who attempts to assassinate a dictator but is caught, tortured and left for dead. When he escapes back home to

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Insiders launch Lynne Ramsay thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Slate also includes Mustang director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s La riots picture Kings, starring Halle Berry, and Westgate terror attack drama. 

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, a character-driven thriller with heart revolving around a tormented war veteran with a troubled past. 

It is one of four high-profile projects being introduced to the market this Cannes by Insiders - the La-based sales company headed by Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval — alongside Oscar-nominated Mustang director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Los Angeles-set Kings, starring Halle Berry, contemporary noir Under the Silver Lake and terror attack drama Westgate.

Ramsay project

In Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Phoenix will play a damaged war veteran, now a freelance rescuer of women trafficked into the sex trade.

When the extraction of a girl from a Manhattan brothel goes wrong, a storm of violence and corrupt power is unleashed against him, stirring »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Comes Aboard ‘Guantanamo Diary’ As Producer

11 April 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and their company SunnyMarch have come aboard to produce Guantanamo Diary along with ZeroGravity’s Mark Holder and Christine Holder. They will produce with Michael Bronner (who is scripting the project) and Lloyd Levin and Beatriz Levin. The project follows the tribulations of 45 year-old Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a man who was a suspected terrorist and has been incarcerated at Guantanamo bay for 14 years without ever being… »

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