Magnolia Photos has picked up North American rights to A Compassionate Spy, the brand new documentary from Oscar-nominated director Steve James (Hoop Goals, Life Itself) from Participant.
The movie, which premiered on the Venice Movie Competition final yr, follows the real-life spy story of Manhattan Venture physicist Ted Corridor, who infamously offered nuclear secrets and techniques to the Soviet Union. The story is advised by means of the attitude of his loving spouse Joan, who protected his secret for many years.
Recruited in 1944 as an 18-year-old Harvard undergraduate to assist Robert Oppenheimer and his staff create a bomb, Corridor was the youngest physicist on the Manhattan Venture, however didn’t share his colleagues’ pleasure after the profitable detonation of the world’s first atomic bomb. Involved that the brand new weapon would give the U.S. a post-war monopoly on international energy and will result in nuclear disaster, Corridor started passing key details about the bomb’s building to the Soviet Union, permitting them to construct their very own atomic arsenal.
After the struggle, Corridor met, fell in love with and married Joan, a fellow scholar who shared his ardour for classical music and socialist causes. Corridor shared his secret with Joan, who saved it for many years. The pair raised a household whereas dwelling beneath a cloud of suspicion and years of FBI surveillance and intimidation.
“Ted Corridor’s legacy is well timed and nuanced, and Steve James’ unimaginable expertise makes for a extremely thrilling telling of an important story,” mentioned Participant CEO David Linde. “A Compassionate Spy is a reminder of how the previous is at all times current and the way the specter of nuclear struggle lingers in our collective consciousness. Magnolia is a good accomplice and we’re wanting ahead to working with them once more to carry it to audiences.”
Magnolia is planning a theatrical bow for A Compassionate Spy and can launch the movie in theaters later this yr.
Introduced by Participant, A Compassionate Spy is a Mitten Media and Kartemquin Movies manufacturing produced by Mark Mitten, Dave Lindorff, and James. Govt Producers are Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Tim Horsburgh and Gordon Quinn.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia government vp Dori Begley and senior vp of acquisitions John Von Thaden, Participant’s Liesl Copland, government vp content material technique & gross sales, Adam Macy, senior counsel, enterprise & authorized affairs, and Rob Williams, senior vp, content material technique & gross sales; with Jason Ishikawa at Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.