Netflix buys North and Latin America rights for Colin Firth starrer 'Operation Mincemeat'
LetsOTT Editorial Team -
Netflix has struck when the iron is hot. The streaming giant has bought North America and Latin America distribution rights for the film 'Operation Mincemeat' starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth along with Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Jason Isaacs, Johnny Flynn, Simon Russell Beale, Hattie Morahan, Mark Gatiss and Paul Ritter. The rights for the John Madden directorial were brokered by CAA Media Finance and Simon Gillis of Cross City Films, and producer See-Saw’s in-house sales arm for around $15 million after Netflix previewed the film at the EFM. Warner Brothers International previously picked up rights in the UK, Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Benelux, for example, and is still releasing there.
As reported by Deadline, the synopsis of the movie based on Ben Macintyre's book 'Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II' is thus, "Set in 1943 when the Allies were determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe, the remarkable true story follows intelligence officers Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Macfadyen) who conjure an inspired and improbable disinformation strategy centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man. It was a plan that helped turn the tide of the whole war."
The deal comes after Netflix acquired the Liam Neeson starrer film 'The Ice Road' for a record domestic deal yesterday.