EXCLUSIVE: IFC Films and AMC+ have acquired the American rights to freegard from directors Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn.
The pic will see a theatrical release, PVOD, and streaming debut on AMC+ later this summer.
The project is inspired by the chilling true story of con man Robert Freegard (James Norton) and Alice Archer (Gemma Arterton), the woman who brought him down. A master manipulator, Freegard kidnapped countless victims, convincing them he was under MI5 cover. A story of lies, loyalty, gaslighting, fear, hope, investigation and a high-stakes manhunt that saved the life of Freegard’s latest victim.
Patterson and Lawn co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Bronner (Mauritanian) based on the article Chasing Agent Freegard by Bronner. The photo also features Shazad Latif (Discovery of Star Trek), Marisa Abela (Industry), Edwina Findley (Thread), Sarah Goldberg (The dark knight rises), Jimmy Akingbola (Ted Lasso) and Julien Barratt (The Mighty Boosh).
freegard is produced by Kitty Kaletsky, Norton, Robert Taylor, Gina Carter, Michael Bronner and Night Train CEO Herbert L Kloiber. The EPs are Harold van Lier, Olivia Pahl, Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi. The film is co-produced by Rabbit Track Pictures, Night Train Media and The Development Partnership.
Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, said, “Adam and Declan have brought the incredible true story of Robert Freegard to the big screen. We’re thrilled to share this real-life thriller with such a talented ensemble with American audiences nationwide this summer.
“We are thrilled to bring the compelling story of Adam and Declan to the service as we continue to expand our exclusive movie offering with dynamic, character-driven thrillers for our passionate and deeply engaged subscribers. This story is driven by an impressive cast, including James Norton, who our audience can also see in Happy Valley returning to AMC+ early next year,” said Courtney Thomasama GM of AMC+.
Patterson and Lawn added, “We were privileged to work with an incredible cast and crew on freegard, and now we’re absolutely thrilled that it’s being seen by such a wide audience thanks to IFC Films and AMC+. This agreement is a dream come true for us.
Herbert L. Kloiber, CEO Night Train Media: We are delighted that freegard, the feature debut of Night Train Out of the Gate, was sold to both IFC Films and AMC+. It is a fantastic piece of scam that is as exciting as it is alluring.
The deal for freegard was negotiated by the SVP of Acquisitions and Productions for IFC Films, Scott Shooman and WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. Night Train Media fully financed the film and owns the worldwide rights.