Magazine article Screen International

TWC Buys Mandela Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

TWC Buys Mandela Biopic

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The Weinstein Company has fortified its awards war chest by taking North American, Australian and New Zealand rights to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom starring Idris Elba [pictured]. Pathe will release in the UK and France and handles international sales.

Justin Chadwick directs the official adaptation of the former South African leader's autobiography from producer Anant Singh, who began talks with Mandela while the former ANC leader was still in prison and eventually acquired rights in 1996.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom shot in South Africa last year in KwaZulu-Natal and filmed in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Mandela's home province, the Eastern Cape.

The story traces Mandela's struggle as leader of the ANC during South Africa's Apartheid years, his imprisonment by the authorities, his eventual release and election as president. William Nicholson adapted the screenplay.

"Anant Singh is a producer I respect very much," said Mandela. "Given the resources and backing, he will produce a work of the highest standards and excellence, and it is for that reason, I opted for him. …

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