In one of many first home offers forward of this yr’s Berlin European Movie Market, Bleecker Road has picked up North American rights to The Return, an historic epic primarily based on Homer’s historical traditional The Odyssey and starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.
Uberto Pasolini (Nowhere Particular, The Full Monty) will direct the characteristic from a script he co-wrote with Edward Bond (Blow-Up, Walkabout) and John Collee (Grasp and Commander: The Far Facet of the World).
After 20 years away, King Odysseus (Fiennes) washes up on the shores of Ithaca, haggard and unrecognizable. A lot has modified in his kingdom since he left to battle within the Trojan warfare. His beloved spouse Penelope (Binoche) is now a prisoner in her own residence, hounded by her many formidable suitors to decide on a brand new husband, a brand new king. Their son Telemachus, who has grown up fatherless, is going through demise by the hands of the suitors who see him as an impediment of their relentless pursuit of Penelope and the dominion. Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete) will play Telemachus.
The Return re-unites Fiennes and Binoche greater than 1 / 4 century after they starred collectively in Oscar winner The English Affected person. The Return is about to start manufacturing in Greece this spring within the areas of Corfu and the Peloponnese, earlier than persevering with in Italy.
Bleecker Road is planning a 2024 theatrical launch for the film.
HanWay Movies kicked off pre-sales for The Return in Cannes final yr and introduced the Bleecker Road deal on the eve of Berlin’s EFM, which kicks off Thursday, Feb. 16. The movie has already pre-sold to a number of worldwide territories.
The Return is being arrange as an Italy-Greece-U.Okay.-France co-production, with Pasolini and James Clayton producing for Pink Wave Movies, Roberto Sessa for Picomedia with Rai Cinema, Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovravkis producing for Heretic and Stéphane Moatti, Romain Le Grand, Vivien Aslanian and Marco Pacchioni for Kabo Movies and Marvelous Manufacturing. Andrew Karpen and Kent Sanderson will government produce for Bleecker Road.
The deal was negotiated by Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy of Bleecker Road with HanWay.
Bleecker Road’s 2023 slate consists of Man Nattiv’s Yom Kippur Warfare drama Golda, starring Helen Mirren as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, which may have its world premiere in Berlin on Monday, Feb. 20; Frances O’Connnor’s Emily, starring Emma Mackey, which debuted in Toronto final yr; and the Catherine Hardwicke-directed motion comedy Mafia Mamma starring Toni Collette and Monica Belucci.