Robert Lantos’ Serendipity Point Films has signed a deal with Academy Award winning director Norman Jewison to develop and direct Ronald Harwood’s adaptation of the late Brian Moore’s political thriller The Statement, it was announced today.

The Statement is the suspenseful story of Pierre Brossard, a French war criminal in hiding for over forty years, secretly sheltered by both the Vatican and the French government. When his cover is blown, the net closes in as this old man becomes a cause célèbre. The race for survival is on.

The Statement is the late Brian Moore’s penultimate novel. An acclaimed novelist and screenwriter, Mr. Moore’s earlier novel Black Robe was made into the award-winning motion picture, produced by Robert Lantos and directed by Bruce Beresford. Other Brian Moore novels adapted for the screen are The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and The Luck of Ginger Coffey. His screenplays include Alfred Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain.

Director Norman Jewison is the recipient of the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award as well as having three Academy Award nominations for Best Director. He is the creative force behind such memorable and beloved motion pictures as The Russians Are Coming, In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crowne Affair, Fiddler on the Roof, Agnes of God, A Soldier’s Story, Moonstruck. His most recent feature film is The Hurricane.

Ronald Harwood’s numerous feature film writing credits include The Dresser, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA nomination, and The Browning Version for which he received a BAFTA nomination. His most recent screenplays include Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, and Istvan Szabo’s Taking Sides.

Producer Robert Lantos’ motion pictures include Golden Globe nominee Sunshine, Academy Award nominee The Sweet Hereafter, Cannes Award winners Crash and Exotica, Berlin Award winner eXistenZ and Genie Award winners Black Robe, Joshua Then and Now, and In Praise of Older Women. His upcoming films include Ararat, Men with Brooms and Picture Claire.