Cannes. Day one. And the deals just keep on rolling. Next up from the international film festival is word that Pierce Brosnan’s production company, Irish DreamTime, has signed on for a multi-picture financing and distribution deal with The Solution Entertainment Group. Right out of the gate, the companies have announced their first picture – a film that will put Brosnan make where he should be: with a gun in his hand and someone shady at his back.
Brosnan will star in November Man alongside Dominic Cooper. The film will be directed by Roger Donaldson (The Recruit, Dante’s Peak, Cocktail, and The Bank Job) from an adapted script by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Trespass), who will be drawing from Bill Granger’s 1987 book “There Are No Spies,” one of many espionage novels by the late author. With so much material to draw from, November Man is being viewed as the first film in a potential franchise.
The film “tells the tale of an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.” Intrigue!
Brosnan, of course, starred in four James Bond films, but he’s also flexed his suave leading-man-with-a-secret-muscles in The Ghost Writer, The Tailor of Panama, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Matador. Something like November Man is just the sort of feature we expect to see him in (not something silly like last year’s Salvation Boulevard). Rising star Cooper should fit in quite nicely, as he’s already shown a knack for duplicity in The Devil’s Double. He is currently filming Dead Man Down and will next be seen in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The Solution will be selling November Man to buyers at Cannes this week and the film is expected to start filming this October in Berlin. The company is also selling buzzed-about films like Grand Piano (the Elijah Wood-starring film that’s like Speed, if it was about playing the piano) and Joshua Boone’s Writers (starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, and Lily Collins).