SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TAKES NORMAN JEWISON’S NEW PROJECT THE STATEMENT, A ROBERT LANTOS PRODUCTION

Sony Pictures Classics’ have acquired U.S rights and some additional territories to The Statement, directed by Academy Award nominee Norman Jewison and produced by Robert Lantos and Norman Jewison. Written by Academy Award nominee Ronald Harwood based on Brian Moore’s electrifying novel. The Statement will star Academy Award winning actor Michael Caine. Further casting announcements to be made soon.

The Statement is a contemporary political thriller based on a novel by Brian Moore. The Statement shines a light on some of the darkest corners of the religious and political establishment.

Set in modern day France, it is the story of Pierre Brossard who, as a young man was a Nazi executioner under the Vichy regime. Brossard has never been brought to trial and has lived a peaceful and anonymous life sheltered by right-wing elements within the Catholic Church. A new investigation into his crimes is launched and Brossard finds himself the target of hit men on the one hand and police investigators on the other. A wily old fox, he keeps outwitting his pursuers while desperately trying to figure out who they are.

“We met Norman Jewison over 20 years ago through our mentor Arthur Krim from United Artists. We have wanted to work with him ever since,” notes Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, Sony Pictures Classics’ Co-Presidents. “He one of the most accomplished and finest filmmakers in the world. This in combination with a fantastic role for Michael Caine and the expertise of producer Robert Lantos, made it an opportunity we cannot miss. In addition to this, with the way the world is today, the story is more timely than ever.”

“I look forward to working with Michael Caine, something that I have been trying to do for over the last 25 years. This will be my first independent Canadian film and it’s my good fortune to be associated with Robert Lantos and Serendipity on this production,” comments Mr. Jewison.

Producer Robert Lantos says “I read and immediately acquired Brian Moore’s brilliant political thriller when it was published 8 years ago. This story about evil sheltered by those who should be the first to expose it and framed as a fast moving political thriller captivated me instantly. I am gratified to be making this film now with one of cinema’s greatest masters and of the world’s greatest actors. With Sony Pictures Classics aboard, I know this film is in savvy, loving and professional hands.”

Mr. Jewison’s films have earned over 45 Academy Award nominations and have won 12 Oscars. Mr Jewison is also the recipient of the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Award. Screenwriter Ronald Harwood’s credits include, The Dresser, for which he received an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe Nomination. His most recent screenplay is Roman Polanski’s Cannes Palme D’or Winner The Pianist. Producer Robert Lantos’ motion pictures include Sunshine nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture; The Sweet Hereafter; Grand Prix winner in Cannes and nominated for 2 Academy Awards; Crash, winner of the Cannes Special Jury Prize; eXistenZ, winner of the Berlin Silver Bear Award, other credits include Black Robe; Joshua Then & Now; and In Praise of Older Women. His most recent film is the forthcoming Ararat.

Writer Brian Moore’s novels include Color of Blood; The Magician’s Wife; No Other Life; and Black Robe.

The deal was negotiated by Mark Musselman of Serendipity Point Films with Richard Thompson of Bloom, Hergott, Cook, diemer & Klein and Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, Marcie Bloom, Dylan Leiner and Diane Buck of Sony Pictures Classics.