The dramatic film Genius has been acquired by Lionsgate for US distribution. The film’s based on the book Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius by A. Scott Berg and was adapted for the screen by Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo). Colin Firth and Jude Law lead the cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, and Dominic West. Tony Award winner Michael Grandage directed Genius with Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, James J. Bagley, Berg, Tim Bevan, Steve Christian, Ivan Dunleavy, and Arielle Tepper Madover executive producing.
The announcement of the acquisition was made during the Cannes Film Festival by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.
Genius centers on the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth). Wolfe, a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality and Perkins, one of the most respected literary editors of all time, formed a complex, transformative and irrepressible friendship that changed the lives of these brilliant but very different men forever.
-By Rebecca Murray
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